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Fish being prepared at the eela on Saturday in Skeld. Photo: Kay Fraser

WITH the Reawick and District Boating Club’s eela competition taking place over the weekend, the committee has also confirmed that the Skeld regatta will return in full next year.

Skeld during the second to last weekend in July would usually be a hive of activity with rowing, fishing and live music taking place at the annual regatta.

However there has not been a full event since 2019, with covid halting the celebrations.

A smaller event on Saturday saw the fishing competition in the afternoon followed by a fry-up in the Skeld hall.

The RDBC committee has confirmed that they are now hoping for a revival of the full event next year.


ISLESBURGH Drama Group has announced that their 33rd panto will be performed this winter.

Ali Baba an’ Twartree Thieves will be written by Mandy Phillips and directed by Morag Mouat.

It will be the first time the group has produced a locally written pantomime.

Also due to covid, it will be their first panto in five years, with last year’s show done by Open Door Drama.

Performances will be shown at the Garrison Theatre on the following dates:

  • 29 November to 1 December, 7.30pm
  • 2 December, 2.30pm
  • 4 December to 9 December, 7.30pm

To stay up to date on performances and how to get tickets, join the group’s mailing list.


SHETLAND has been included on a new map of the UK’s United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) sites.

The isles were named as a global geopark in 2009.

The map includes 57 other UNESCO sites across the UK, with Shetland being the most northerly.

It brings together biosphere reserves, creative cities, global geoparks and world heritage sites in the British Isles.

Sandy Middleton, natural heritage manager at Shetland Amenity Trust, said: “Shetland’s Geopark status reflects the array of amazing landscapes, biodiversity, culture, and history in the islands, all of which is influenced by the ground under our feet.

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“We are delighted to see Shetland included on the new UNESCO map and hope it encourages visitors and residents to discover more about why the islands and their geology are so important.”


LOCAL businesses are being asked to take part in Scotland Loves Local week next month.

The week of events, beginning on 28 August, aim to showcase local enterprises across the country.

Shetlanders are being encouraged to take part by hosting their own events and sharing their work on social media using the hashtags #ScotlandLovesLocal and #ChooseLocal.

More information can be found on the Scotland Loves Local website.

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