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Holmsgarth last time the Tall Ships visited Lerwick in 2011.

THOUSANDS of tickets for the many live music events during the Tall Ships Races at the end of July will go on sale next Friday (12 May). 

With 40 ships now confirmed for the event, taking place from 26-29 July, organisers expect tickets for the packed Thursday, Friday and Saturday night line-ups to be in high demand. Among the visiting acts are Tide Lines and Peat and Diesel.

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd project manager Emma Miller said: “Our music programmer Tim Matthew has put together a fantastic range of acts and we’ve had such a great response since the line-up was announced.

A PDF version of the full events programme can be downloaded here.

A proportion of tickets have been set aside to accommodate visiting ships’ crew members, but the majority of spaces are going on general sale. 

Tickets go on sale through the Shetland Arts Box Office, online and in person at Mareel, from 10am next Friday (12 May). Tickets for the club nights at Mareel, which will run through to 3am over the four days, will also be going on sale at the same time.


SHETLAND’S very own literary magazine the New Shetlander is celebrating a very special moment this spring.

First published in 1947, the Voar issue – out now – is the magazine’s 300th edition.

Joint editor Lauren Johnson said the magazine’s editorial “reflects on this remarkable milestone,” while the content of No 300 is typically varied including a revelation about the role Scalloway played during the Cold War, a report from South Georgia by Helen Balfour and a detailed analysis of the various opinions on the purpose of brochs.

The latest edition of the New Shetlander also features stories by three more winners of Shetland Library’s Young Writer competition in 2022.  

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The magazine is now on sale in local shops, priced £3.50.


WITH the King’s coronation taking place on Saturday, now is the time to be challenging the monarchy and making the case for an elected head of state, says Green Highlands and Islands MSP Ariane Burgess.

The Scottish Greens have long-called for an elected head of state and the abolition of the House of Lords.

Burgess said: “We are in the worst cost-of-living crisis for decades, yet, in the days ahead, the UK government will be spending tens of millions of pounds on an extravagant festival of pomp and pageantry.

“It’s no wonder that so many people across the Highlands and Islands are telling me that they think it’s ridiculous.

“The fairer, greener Scotland that we want to build is one where power lies with the people and our communities and where any child growing up in the Highlands and Islands knows that they can aspire to the highest office, regardless of which family they come from.”

However, Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston said the coronation is a “momentous occasion for our nation, celebrating the rich traditions and shared heritage that define us”.


SHETLAND Museum and Archives has received a government grant of £42,767 to upgrade the buildings’ lighting system to LED.

The cash comes via the national development body Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) as part of funding to 20 museums across the country in support of energy efficiency measures.

The investment in Shetland museum will “enable visitors longer and safer access during the winter season and is part of their plan to respond to the climate emergency, whilst reducing their energy costs”, the MGS said.

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