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A cropped version of Ian Georgeson's photo of Mark Anderson (left) and Nicol Anderson.

A FATHER and son duo on a Shetland whitefish trawler are set to feature in a new exhibition showcasing people working in Scotland’s fishing industry.

Mark Anderson, who is the skipper of the Prolific, was photographed alongside his deckhand son Nicol for Scottish Fishermen’s Federation’s (SFF) project Pride in the Seas.

Mark, who has worked in the industry since the age of 16, said: “I’ve been a fisherman all my life, and the views on the industry have changed so much over the years.

“There’s been so many misconceptions highlighted in the media, I hope that being part of a campaign like this will help shift that and show how passionate we all are about the success of the fishing industry as a whole.”

SFF chief executive Elspeth Macdonald said: “This campaign is a first of its kind, and captures the spirit, integrity and quiet pride our fishing communities possess as they carry on centuries-old local traditions while looking forward to a sustainable future for their sector.”

The exhibition, which features stories of 12 people in the industry alongside photos by Ian Georgeson, will first go on show at the Scottish Parliament before being made available for tours around the country.

FAMILIES are reminded that if they wish to keep any Christmas wreaths and floral tributes laid at burial grounds, they should remove them before 31 January.

Preparations will soon begin in burial grounds for the grass cutting season.

From 1 February onwards, burial grounds staff will collect and dispose of any non-funeral related wreaths and flowers either lying directly on the grass or not within suitable receptacles, where a permanent memorial exists.

Where no permanent memorial exists, staff will endeavour to leave one floral tribute in the memorial area until such time as it significantly deteriorates.

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Funeral related tributes are normally disposed of three weeks after the funeral. However, staff will endeavour to leave one funeral tribute until it has deteriorated.

Anyone with queries should contact burial services on 01595 744853 or 744898, or email

THE LEAD singer and guitarist of Mercury Music Prize winning 90s indie band Gomez is making a return to Shetland later this year.

Ben Ottewell will play an intimate career-spanning show at The Dowry in Lerwick on 6 September.

This will be his fourth trip to Shetland, having first played the isles in 2019.

Tickets are on sale now.

FLIGHTS were cancelled at Tingwall Airport on Tuesday after a fault with a plane’s fuel pump.

Flights have since resumed.

PEOPLE with a strong commitment to the future of the Highlands and Islands are being invited to apply to join the board of the region’s development agency.

Scottish ministers are looking to fill two non-executive director positions on the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Board, with the new appointees expected to start three-year terms in April.

Full details are on the Public Appointments Scotland website.

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