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POLICE officers traced and arrested a 42-year-old man in connection with a drink driving offence on Lerwick’s Commercial Street on Saturday (4 November).

A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.

Local inspector Sam Greshon said: “Drink or drug driving is unacceptable and puts every other innocent road user in danger.

“Our officers will continue to work hard keeping Shetland’s roads safe this winter.”


A REVIEW will be held into the Pierhead pub in Voe following a non-payment of alcohol licence fees.

A meeting of Shetland’s licensing board heard on Monday that the fee outstanding for the Pierhead – which closed in 2020 – is £280.

Annual premises licence fees are due by the start of October each year, and reminders are sent to premises which fail to pay up on time.

The board ultimately has the power to revoke or suspend premise licences.

The review of the Pierhead will take place on 11 December, unless payment for the fee comes through a week prior to the meeting.

Chair councillor Neil Pearson encouraged all premises licence holders to advise the board if they wish to give up their licence.

The board also heard that it would cost a sizeable sum of money for someone to apply for a new premises licence, and that transferring one is much cheaper.


SHETLAND artist Joyce Davies will host a solo exhibition at the Peacock & Worm print studio in Aberdeen this month.

The work on show from 10 to 25 November was all realised during a five-day residency at the print studio last month.

Da Broken Parts focusses on the physical body, considering issues of health and well-being.

Living with various complicated health conditions, Davies said the process of making was for a way to untangle complex memories and difficult emotions.

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“I was aware of feeling more and more brave as the week went on. These works are the most raw and authentic work that I have made to date,” she said.

The exhibition opens on 9 November between 6pm and 8pm.


SHETLAND based writer Donald S Murray and musician Liza Mulholland will share the stage at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall as part of next year’s Celtic Connections festival.

Together with a stellar ensemble of musicians and performers they will celebrate the lives of those who emigrated from the Western Isles to Canada exactly 100 years ago.

Metagama & Marloch: An Atlantic Odyssey toured the Highlands and Islands in spring this year.

The Celtic Connections performance will be on 21 January next year.


A RARE opportunity has come up for someone to buy some Shetland-bred wallabies.

The Outpost in Burra is selling off four males at £500 each.

They were ‘out of pouch’ in late 2021/early 2022.


A FEATURE about walking the length of Shetland has landed travel writer Simon Parker a major prize.

His story for The Times won the UK feature award at the British Guild of Travel Writers prize giving ceremony.

Parker paid thanks to Brydon Thomason, Catherine Munro and Steve Mathieson for making the feature happen.

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