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SHETLAND’s new MRI scanner is now in place after being lifted into position at the Gilbert Bain Hospital earlier today (8 May).

It means that the full parking area at the Lerwick hospital will reopen again from 8am on Thursday.

It is expected that the scanner will be operational this summer.

A SECOND gig by Marjolein Robertson is being put on at Mareel in Lerwick after the first one sold out.

The comedian and storyteller will host her Marj show at the venue next Wednesday (15 March) before her sold out gig on the Friday (17 May).

Tickets are available via the Shetland Arts box office.

ORKNEY and Shetland SNP general election candidate Robert Leslie has welcomed the “unifying pledge” of new SNP leader John Swinney who is Scotland’s latest first minister.

The election candidate said: “He is a highly respected and well-liked person who has a wealth of expertise in the party.

“He has already shown how he can draw us together in these turbulent times. I have absolute faith in him and look forward to campaigning with him as our leader.

“I really believe that John being at the helm, as someone who has been involved in so many SNP successes over the years, can only be a good thing for the whole of Scotland.”

MEANWHILE the Northern Isles’ current MP Alistair Carmichael has called for a new government to put farming and crofting “at the heart” of its work, following NFU revelations that the confidence of farmers is at an all-time low and will lead to a decrease in food production.

The NFU made the warning following the release of a survey undertaken by nearly 800 farmers in November and December 2023.

“With chaos in the Scottish government and calamity in the UK government it is little wonder that farmers and crofters are short on confidence for their future,” the Lib Dem said.

“Farmers above all need stability in order to have confidence in the long-term success of their businesses.

“Instead they have been lumbered with two national governments which alternate between disinterest and contempt for the food producers in our country.”

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