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A CAR left the road in the single track road opposite Rerwick in the South Mainland on Thursday.

The police said the two-vehicle accident on the B9122 happened at around 4.30pm.

THE ORGANISERS of this summer’s Tall Ships have paid tribute to the generous support of local businesses, describing their backing as critically important in the effort to deliver a successful event.

Shetland Tall Ships Ltd has secured the support of a further six local businesses – electrical shop George Robertson, architects Arch Henderson, printers Studio and Art Machine, Shetland Broadband, and Bolts Car Hire and petrol station.

Many of the companies are supporting the Tall Ships Races’ visit to Lerwick, taking place between 26-29 July, in the form of in-kind support.

Shetland Tall Ships project manager Emma Miller said such support both freed up resources for other purposes and allowed the team to benefit from companies’ expertise.

“The provision of goods and services on an in-kind basis is extremely valuable to the event and to us as a planning team,” she said.


THE LOCAL befriending scheme says it is “delighted” to have secured more than £110,000 in Lottery funding.

The money will allow its dementia service to run for another three years until March 2026.

This service helps to reduce feelings of isolation, and provide encouragement for the person to continue to be as independent as possible, have increased social connections and social contact within their community and increase positive mental health and wellbeing.

Project coordinator Mairi Jamieson said: “This service has been in place for over 7 years and is proving to be a benefit to the Shetland community and it’s great to see the difference it makes to an individual and their families – this makes it all worthwhile.”

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TO MARK the 70th anniversary of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the summit of Mount Everest a new display in the museum has been put together to highlight the valuable contribution that Shetland knitwear played to this successful British achievement.

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The display On Top of the World includes a copy of one of the original ‘pullovers’ worn by Hillary and Norgay on 29 May 1953. Made in Shetland by T.M. Adie and Sons, every member of the expedition was given two of the jumpers.

After the Adie’s company closed in 1989, Anderson and Co. of Lerwick were given the rights to produce the classic design and the legacy has lived on ever since.

Curator Dr Carol Christiansen said: “We were keen to mark the anniversary and share Shetland’s connection to this historic achievement.

“As well as examples of the Everest jumper the display includes a typed letter from Edmund Hillary’s wife who, before travelling to Nepal in 1964 writes to Adie’s to acknowledge receipt of one of the jumpers for her husband, suggesting that Hillary continued to wear the Everest style of jumper long after the historic expedition.”


A NEW “pop-up” and portable 5G network which could deliver connections for businesses in the Highlands and Islands has launched in Inverness.

The sixth hub of its kind in Scotland is hosted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and funded by the Scottish Government.

Ian Sharp, head of strategy and delivery at the 5G Centre, said: “With towns so remote and widely dispersed, the Highland and Islands region is an area of Scotland that can significantly benefit from 5G connectivity.

“As well as being our first innovation hub based here, the 5G ‘pop up’ network allows us to bring 5G technology to geographically dispersed areas, from Thurso to Fort William, making it accessible for small to medium sized businesses and showing them the benefits this could bring.”

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