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A NOSS tour boat company enjoyed success at the Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards at the weekend.

Brian and Marie Leask of Seabirds and Seals.

Seabirds and Seals won in the best visitor attraction and inclusive tourism categories.

Writing on social media, company owners Marie and Brian Leask said: “These incredible awards are a testament to our passion, hard work and dedication into providing a top visitor attraction as well as inclusive for all who sails with us.

“We are absolutely buzzing to be bringing these fabulous awards back home to Shetland.

“We would also like to take this opportunity in congratulating all the other category winners, to all highly commended and to everyone who made it through as finalists – you should be very proud – well done.”

They attended the tourism awards event in Inverness on Friday alongside relief skipper Marvyn Johnson.

MEANWHILE the health and safety team of Shetland Tall Ships Limited (STSL) was highly commended at an Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) awards ceremony in Dundee last week.

The Tall Ships health and safety team was shortlisted for Scotland’s ‘team of the year’ by IOSH and was “delighted” to be the only highly commended candidate in the category.

Jessie Szego of Malakoff Limited, the HSE manager for Lerwick’s Tall Ships Races event, collected the prize.

She said: “We worked well as a team together throughout this event, developing new event and emergency plans.

“This was the largest event seen in Shetland for many years and it was important to have the cooperation and input from all those involved; resulting in a successful, safe and enjoyable event.”

IN MORE award news, local saxophonist Norman Willmore has been nominated for a prize in the Scottish Jazz Awards.

He is up for the best instrumentalist award, and votes can be placed online.

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A WHISKY valuation event, originally planned to be held at Islesburgh Community Centre today (Monday), has been moved to Wednesday after auctioneer Murray Greig missed the ferry on Sunday night.

He said he will now travel north on Tuesday’s ferry to be in Lerwick in time for Wednesday’s event which starts at 12 noon.

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A LOCAL pop-up shop has raised £2,500 for charity.

Disa Hunter hosted the event at the Staney Hill Hall in Lerwick on Friday and Saturday in Alport UK, which helps people with Alport’s Syndrome.

Pop-up sale to raise funds for kidney condition charity

SKILLS Development Scotland is moving to a new location in Lerwick.

It is moving to Solarhus on 20 November to co-locate with Shetland Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

As part of the change, the team will move out of the careers centre at Charlotte House in the town on 13 November.

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