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The COPE Team and Living Lerwick in Harrison Square. Photo: Living Lerwick

SHETLAND ISLANDS Council advises that Gluss Water near Eshaness may contain blue-green algae after a dog became ill from playing in the water.

Parents and dog owners are urged to be careful around bodies of water which may be toxic. The water should not be entered or consumed.

The algae can cause adverse medical effects, including rashes, eye irritation, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and pains in muscles and joints.  It can also be fatal for livestock and dogs.

Blue-green algae is found in fresh waters and can form ‘blooms’ which look like blue-green paint in the water or on the shore.

Warning signs will be placed at the loch. Local landowners, NHS Shetland and Shetland Angling Association have all been informed of the algae bloom.

If anyone suspects blue-green algae at other locations in Shetland, please submit a notification via the “Bloomin’ Algae” App, available to download for free.

ACCORDING TO the Met Office, temperatures in Lerwick reached highs of 20.9C yesterday (Wednesday).


The highest ever June temperature in the isles remains at 23.3C, which was recorded in Lerwick in 1958.

COPE AND Living Lerwick brightened up Harrison Square with new bedding plants yesterday (Wednesday) with funding from Lerwick Community Council.

The seating area, which is owned by the council, is popular with locals and tourists alike.

Joanne Williams, project assistant at Living Lerwick, said she was “delighted” to bring some much-needed colour back into Harrison Square.

A SHETLAND musician is set to head to Vietnam for a series of workshops.

Inge Thomson, who is originally from Fair Isle, will travel to Hanoi and Ha Giang alongside Edinburgh performer Sholto Dobie.

She has been selected as part of the British Council’s UK/Vietnam Season to celebrate 50 years of good relations between the countries.

Thomson and Dobie will perform alongside four Vietnamese musicians.

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THE SHETLAND Museum will host the premiere of a film capturing the experiences of lighthouse keepers next week.

The short film Lighthouse Lives was commissioned by the Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust and the first screening will be on 22 June at 7pm.

Additional screenings will be held in Unst on 26 June and Bressay on 28 June.

Martine Robertson, one of the filmmakers behind the production said:

“This has been an incredible project to work on and a real privilege to capture and share the stories of the keepers and their families.

“I am absolutely delighted to be bringing this film to Shetland, a place I used to live and which is so close to my heart.”

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