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THERE WAS a two-vehicle car crash near Tingwall Airport around 10pm on Monday.

Two individuals were taken to hospital and it is believed that another two left the scene before emergency services arrived.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said “enquiries into the matter remain ongoing”.

SHETLAND TALL Ships project manager Emma Miller has praised the work of volunteers after the highly successful event last week.

The tail end of Wednesday’s spectacular crews parade with some of the tall ships in the background. Photo: John Waters

She said the voluntary liaison officers had done a “sterling job ensuring the ships and their crews were taken care of – they were incredible and they really did work as a team”.

“We knew the community would get behind the event, but the reception, participation and sense of celebration exceeded expectations,” Miller said.

She also added that there will be a thank-you party this autumn for all the volunteers that gave up their time to help with the event.

Read more about the reflections on the Tall Ships here.

THE RW Bayes shop is due to go on the market soon.

The shop, which was one of Lerwick’s most established, closed at the end of last year.

A clearance sale of photo frames is taking place until 6 August.

The late Alister Smith (right) with Neil Anderson two years ago when they were celebrating 40 years of business. Photo: Living Lerwick

NHS SHETLAND and Shetland Islands Council are seeking to refresh the isles’ approach to mental health.

A new steering group, titled Good Mental Health for All, will be engaging with the public throughout August.

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Dr Susan Laidlaw, director of public health and chair of the group said: “It is really important for us to hear from people in Shetland about what affects their mental health and what can help to improve it.

“This will help us to develop the strategy and make sure we have the right priorities for our communities.”

There is a short survey which can be completed online.

There will also be some public displays where people can add their thoughts at the living well hubs in Brae, Scalloway and Bressay as well as Shetland Library and Market House in Lerwick.

ISLES MP Alistair Carmichael has blasted the Tory government for its new tax increase on spirits this week.

Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.

It is part of an alteration on how alcohol is taxed in the UK, dependent on the strength of each drink.

Duty on stronger beverages like wine and spirits will increase, whilst sparkling wines will decrease, and beers and ciders will remain mostly the same.

Carmichael campaigned with the Scotch Whisky Association to freeze the tax, but was unsuccessful and the 10.1 per cent rise was passed earlier in the year.

He said: “The Scotch whisky industry is the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s food and drink industry, and distillers have turned Scottish gin into an icon in its own right.

“We are rightly proud of the diverse and successful drinks producers we have in the Northern Isles – the last thing our distillers need is another tax rise driving price inflation.”

It comes as construction work at Shetland’s first whisky distillery got underway last month.

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