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Loch of Cliff. Photo: Geograph_Wikimedia

MORE blue-green algae has been detected in Shetland, this time in Unst.

Contact with algae scum in the Loch of Cliff should be avoided and the water should not be entered or consumed.

Landowners, NHS Shetland and Shetland Angling Association have been informed of the situation.

The algae can be toxic and may cause skin rashes, eye irritations, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and pains in muscles and joints. It can be fatal for animals.

If anyone suspects blue green algae, please submit a notification via the ‘Bloomin’ Algae’ App, available to download for free.


THE TALL Ships visit to Lerwick next month is seeking volunteers for the four-day event.

Shetland Tall Ships is still looking for stewards, park and ride marshals, event advisors, site runners and minibus drivers.

Project manager Emma Miller described the opportunity as “hugely rewarding”.

“We are looking to fill vacancies for a variety of roles requiring a range of different time commitments,” she said.

“We would urge anyone who’s interested to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We are looking to finalise all volunteer positions shortly to ensure everyone has access to training and can be fully prepared for, and supported in, the roles.”

More information is available here


A BBC programme is asking Shetlanders to nominate their favourite Scottish escape.

Series two of Scotland’s Great Escape will celebrate places that provide expectational experiences.

Whether it be a caravan park or B&B, anywhere that offers overnight accommodation stays are welcome to be nominated.

Find more information here.


The driving ambition days are aimed at older students. Photo: SIC

HIGH SCHOOL pupils are receiving workshops to learn about road safety this week at the Anderson and Brae.

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The driving ambition days are aimed at older students who recently passed their tests or are just learning to drive.

Secondary 5 pupils in Brae took part in the workshops yesterday (Wednesday) and sixth years at the Anderson High School will attend tomorrow (Friday).

Councillor Robbie McGregor, chair of the Shetland Road Safety Advisory Panel said: “Young driver education helps to keep them safe and to make Shetland’s roads safer for everyone.”


COUNCIL catering staff have made it to the shortlist of the MJ Achievement Awards for volunteering to prepare meals on Christmas Day last year.

The UK-wide awards celebrate the work done by local government.

Head cook and assistant cook at Sound Primary School Alison Williamson and Brenda Moar cooked and delivered food to struggling families last Christmas.

Helen Budge, Director of Children’s Services, said: “Our catering staff in schools across Shetland do a fantastic job every day and Alison and Brenda are wonderful ambassadors for the service and for their colleagues.

“I’m delighted that their initiative to support families in need last Christmas has been recognised with this shortlisting and we have our fingers crossed for the awards on Friday.”

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