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THE SKERRIES ferry Filla will be out of action for some time after suffering “significant damage” to one if its engines.

In the meantime, the route will be covered by the Hendra with Fivla standing in as second vessel on the Whalsay service.

Scheduled timetable and existing bookings will be unaffected. Further updates will be provided on the voicebank number 01595 743975.

The council said the Filla made her way to Lerwick under her own power, and engineers are working to assess the level of damage.

There were no passengers on board at the time, and at no time were the crew at risk.

VOTING will re-open next week for the elections to the Scottish Youth Parliament, with three candidates stepping forward to represent young people in Shetland.

Due to a national issue with the voting website the election was put on hold back in November, but it is now set to reopen for young people in Shetland. Voting will take place between Monday 4 and Sunday 17 March.

The Shetland Islands constituency will be contested by three candidates – Brandon Kennedy, Joe Smith and Bertie Summers. Candidate profiles can be found here.

The results of voting will be declared on Monday 18 March.

THE UNIVERSITY of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and eight partners – including UHI Shetland – have signed up to The Scottish LGBTI+ Rainbow Mark during LGBT History Month to support inclusive social spaces.

The signing is a commitment to ensuring UHI campuses and learning centres are inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ students, staff and the wider community and shows a powerful signal of support for The Rainbow Mark’s principles.

Jessica Taylor, UHI’s interim head of corporate communications, and one of the founding members of The Rainbow Mark during her former role as chair of Highland Pride said: “There are still no dedicated LGBTI+ social spaces in the Highlands and Islands, Moray or Perthshire and this highlights the need to promote and support inclusive spaces.”

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THE BRECKON beach in Yell has featured at number three on a list the world’s 34 best beaches.

The list was compiled by Conde Nest Traveller, and Breckon was only beaten by beaches in Australia and Hawaii.

It said about the Yell beauty spot: “Wedged between two vivid emerald slabs of green pasture, Breckon is somewhat sheltered from the south-westerly winds that roll through these lands.

“That said, you’ll want to manifest pretty balmy temperatures to brave the often icy waters. It’s a beautiful spot with clear waters and perfectly powdery sands, but all is not as it seems on a clear summer’s day.

“Many boats have met their end along these shores – learn all about the treacherous sea at the local museum in Burravoe, which details harrowing accounts and displays fascinating artefacts that have washed up over the years.”

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