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Seamus MacKay winning silver at the island games.

ISLAND Games silver medallist Seumas Mackay was named local sportsperson of the year at this year’s Shetland Sports Awards.

Meanwhile, hockey was the most prominent sport at the award ceremony, which was held at the Clickimin Leisure Centre in Lerwick on Friday night.

The Shetland ladies hockey team was named team of the year after a hugely successful year, winning the Scottish District Cup and beating rivals Orkney 6-0 in the inter-county.

Derek and Brenda Leask won coach of the year as a result of hockey’s success, with the sport also successful in the young team of the year category.

The lifetime endeavour award was given to Mandy Henderson for her work in numerous sports over the years.

The annual awards are supported by Shetland Times, Shetland Recreational Trust, SIC sports and leisure as well as sportscotland.

Western isles MP Angus MacNeil (left) and Alistar Carmichael (right) with Faroese foreign minister and Høgni Hoydal.

ONCE the first tunnel has been built the case for the next one will make it itself, isles MP Alistair Carmichael has said after meeting the Faroese foreign minister Høgni Hoydal in parliament last week.

The Orkney and Shetland MP said he discussed a range of issues with the minister, including the upcoming opening of the latest tunnel link in Faroe.

“Speaking to the Faroese minister this week it was notable that the latest tunnel they are opening is over ten kilometres long and connects a community of just 1,600,” he said.

“That clearly tells a tale about what is practicable and the scale that is viable. It is one further spur from our northern neighbours for us to move ahead.”

THE SCOTTISH Parliament will debate how fixed links could transform Scotland’s island and remote communities.

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Led by Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart the Liberal Democrats will use Tuesday’s debate to call on the government to invest in fixed links, such as tunnels and bridges.

Her motion due to be debated has been supported by MSPs such as Highlands and Islands MSPs Rhoda Grant and Ariane Burgess, as well as Orkney’s Liam McArthur.

AN ALL-electric workboat set to be trialled on the Papa Stour ferry route in 2025 will be made in the Western Isles, it has been announced.

The project is being overseen by Devon-based Coastal Workboats.

The UK-first trial is supported by UK Government funding worth more than £6 million.

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