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Ian Pottinger during his marathon golf round with Jan Brown, dementia advisor for Alzheimers Scotland. Photo:Dave Donaldson

NEARLY £6,000 has been raised for charity by a 68-year-old who played four consecutive 18-hole rounds of golf earlier this week.

Ian Pottinger took on the challenge at the Shetland Golf Club course at Dale on Monday to raise money for the local branch of Alzheimer Scotland.

Different laying partners joined Pottinger on each round.

LOGISTICS firm Peterson has signed on as a sponsor for this summer’s Tall Ships Races.

The company, which employs 55 staff in Shetland, has played a major role in delivering key infrastructure projects in decommissioning and renewables in and around the isles in recent years.

Peterson’s managing director for Scotland Chris Coull said: “We’re delighted to sponsor this year’s prestigious Tall Ships Races in Lerwick and look forward to participating in the exciting programme of events scheduled for July.”

SALMON producer Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is backing Team Shetland as associate sponsor for this year’s NatWest International Island Games in Guernsey.

David Brown, Shetland seawater manager for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, said: “We’re pleased to support communities in areas where we operate and we’re proud to sponsor Team Shetland at this year’s games through our community sponsorship scheme.

“We wish the team the very best of luck in Guernsey this summer.”

Team Shetland members at the Clickimin track (L to R) – Andrew Aitken, triathlete; Sam Maver, footballer; David Brown of Cooke Aquaculture Scotland; Nicole Hughson, badminton team manager; Sophie Grant, track athlete; Drewie Drakeford, table tennis competitor; Robert Geddes, golf competitor; and Lesley Hutchison, Acting Chair, Shetland Island Games Association. Photo: Cooke Aquaculture Scotland.

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SHETLAND Library staff are showcasing cost-free accessibility to reading, information and support during the annual ‘Hi VIS Fortnight’ from 1-14 June.

Hi VIS fortnight focuses on the importance of accessible libraries and reading for anyone with visual impairments.

Shetland Library has alternative formats and services to support those with vision problems, while it also produces the Talking Newspaper service.

During Hi VIS fortnight the library will also be hosting a vision services information drop-in session on Monday (5 June) between 2pm and 4pm in partnership with the Macular Society Shetland.

This is for anyone to find out more about support for visual impairment.

WEST Sandwick Beach in Yell has been given a Scottish beach award for the 13th year in a row.

West Sandwick is one of 52 beaches to be recognised with Scotland’s Beach Award. It is only beach in Shetland to feature in the 2023 awards.

The award is the only national benchmark for local environmental quality celebrating clean, well-managed and sustainable beaches.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart has highlighted the value of the Orca Watch scheme, which is taking place between 27 May and 3 June.

It is an annual citizen science event run by the Sea Watch Foundation with volunteer observers collecting data on whales, dolphins and porpoises in the waters around Shetland, Orkney, Caithness, and North Sutherland.

The event aims to increase public awareness of how and when orcas utilise waters in these areas during the summer months and highlight the need for conservation, protection and continued research into the status, distribution and abundance of orca around the UK

Wishart said: “The work of Orca Watch will help scientists to better understand and develop the best means to help preserve the species.

“Good luck to everyone taking part in shore-watching activities. It is a great sight to see our marine neighbours, all while helping important conservation work.”

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