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THE HIGHLY anticipated opening of Pete’s Café on Commercial Street now has a confirmed date: 1 September.

Peter Klang has taken on the premises that used to house Lerwick staples Faerdie-Maet and Solotti’s.

New Commercial Street café to bring back Solotti’s ice cream floats

He has now confirmed their first day of trading next month via social media.

All-day breakfasts, rolls, soup, sandwiches, sweet treats and hot drinks will feature on the menu – as well as a revival of Solotti’s ice cream floats.

The café is still seeking a full-time kitchen assistant to join their team.


SHETLAND’S licensing board has opened a consultation on a new statement of licensing policy.

The policy sets out how the sale of alcohol is regulated and how applications are handled.

It must include a statement as to whether the board considers there to be an overprovision of licensed premises in Shetland. The current policy states there is no overprovision.

Local hall committees, shops and licensees are being asked for their input, along with the general public.

The draft policy can be viewed here,  and comments can also be sent to licensing@shetland.gov.uk until 15 August.


THE DIRECTORS of Sound Butchers have taken on the Shetland Deli chutney and relish brand.

The company was acquired by COPE Ltd back in 2017, after being launched by Jill Franklin in 2015.

The butchers said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce we have successfully acquired the fantastic Shetland Deli brand with all its brilliant recipes.”

Sound Butchers will be putting their own spin on things, with new recipes and rebranding in the pipeline.

The owners added that they are “very excited for the next few months and hope to have this back on shelves around Shetland and further soon”.


Joseph Coelho, The Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2022 – 2024.

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WATERSTONES Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho will be visiting Shetland at the end of the month – the final stop of his marathon tour of more than 200 libraries across the country.

Coelho is championing local libraries and the vital role they play within the community and inspiring a love of reading in young people.

He will be at the Shetland Library in Lerwick on 29 August after a number of engagements at the Edinburgh Book Festival.

He said: “Libraries made me a writer and make communities thrive. They have been a vital part of my life: from living on estates where I had a library next door, to my first Saturday job, to working at the British Library whilst studying at UCL, to touring theatre shows designed to be performed in libraries.

“I want to hug every library, these miraculous institutions where new horizons line the shelves, where minds go to grow.”


LOCAL residents are being asked to check their electoral registration details or risk losing their chance to vote in upcoming elections.

Letters have been sent to every household in Shetland by the Electoral Registration Officer, asking householders to check details and to identify any residents who should be registered but are currently missing.

Electoral registration officer Robert Eunson said: “The annual canvass is our way of making sure that the information on the electoral register for every address is accurate and up to date.

“To make sure you don’t lose your say at upcoming elections, simply follow the instructions sent to you.”

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website

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