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From left to right: Steve Mathieson, Linda Simpson, Georgina Grant. Photo: Joanne Williams

LIVING Lerwick has donated more than £3,300 to the town’s RNLI station after another successful Santa’s grotto fundraising effort at Christmas.

A record 361 bairns visited the grotto during the festive period, raising money for the lifeboat charity.

Living Lerwick was helped by the Lerwick Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

Living Lerwick project manager Emma Miller said: “We were thrilled to bring back the grotto again this year, knowing how much it means to the bairns in our community.

“Our little ones recognise that we have the real Santa, and he thoroughly enjoys his Lerwick grotto weekends as a special pre-Christmas break.”

COUNCILLORS on Shetland’s licensing board were happy to approve an application for extended licensing hours for the Northmavine Up Helly Aa hop night when they met this afternoon (Tuesday).

The North Roe hall had applied for a license to extend its licensing hours to include 1am to 2am on Sunday 18 February.


The move to approve the application was made by Shetland North councillor Tom Morton.

Shetland West member Liz Peterson meanwhile said it is “important to support events in rural community halls”.

The application did state 1am to 2am on Saturday 17 February, but the board were content to presume the hall meant to say the Sunday.

Shetland Central member Catherine Hughson said it was a “very easy mistake to make”.

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart has highlighted Children’s Mental Health Week.

The week is run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be and hopes to help equip, empower and give a voice to children across the UK.

This year’s theme is ‘My Voice Matters’, demonstrating to young people that what they say makes a difference, hoping to build higher levels of self-efficacy and self-esteem.

“The pandemic highlighted the crisis in mental health across the country in people of all ages,” Wishart said.

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“It is really important that we get to grips with the mental health of young people. Helping people at a young age with early intervention can have a profound effect as they grow up.”

THE JOHN Goldie Trio are heading to Mareel for a gig on Saturday 9 March.

The band, described as an “exciting and virtuosic trio”, features Adam Bulley on mandolin and Chas Mackenzie on slide guitar.

Their music is influenced by old-timey bluegrass and the Nashville scene, past and present.

Before that though visiting comedian Kieran Hodgson will play Mareel on Saturday 24 February.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed, sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run and a fourth nomination for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, Hodgson is taking his brand new ‘Big in Scotland’ on tour across the UK, including a stop in Shetland.

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