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Amy Laurenson playing at the Burns Night recording. Photo: BBC Scotland/Sean Purser

SHETLAND pianist Amy Laurenson will appear on a BBC TV programme this week celebrating Robert Burns.

Recorded with the BBC Scottish Symphony at Glasgow’s City Halls, Burns Night 2024 will feature a packed line-up of music and spoken word performances.

Laurenson, who is BBC Radio Scotland’s young traditional musician of the year, will feature on a bill including acts like Michelle McManus, Kyle Falconer from The View and poet Len Pennie.

The TV show will be broadcast on the BBC Scotland channel at 8pm on Thursday (25 January).


SCOTTISH Water is encouraging people in Shetland to check for leaks and bursts following the rapid thaw that the change in the weather has brought.

Scottish Water said its staff have been working hard across the isles to maintain normal service for customers over the weekend – and they are appealing for customers and property owners to help in locating leaks, whether on the public water network or in private plumbing.

They are particularly asking customers to check any empty properties, business premises, holiday homes, basements, outhouses, field troughs or garden taps to identify where there may be any burst pipes.


BOOKING systems for Shetland’s inter-island ferries will be disrupted this week due to essential server maintenance.

There will be no bookings available at the Ulsta office between 9.30am on Wednesday (24 January) and 8am the next day.

There will also be no online bookings available from 12.01am on Wednesday to 8am on Friday (26 January).


ABERDEENSHIRE firm Camm-Pro have secured a multi-million pound contract for the construction of a new gas pipeline in Shetland for BP.

The pipeline will connect the existing gas facilities at Sullom Voe Terminal with the SIRGE pipeline.

The 1.25km link to the SIRGE pipeline means that gas from fields like Clair would no longer need to be piped offshore to a field east of Shetland, as it does at the moment, giving it a more direct route to market.

Camm-Pro said the contract means the firm will increase headcount by 25 per cent.

The company will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, alongside project management and technical integration.

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