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Community / Dialect group to host coffee morning as part of 20th anniversary

SHETLAND ForWirds is celebrating its 20th anniversary with two public events – starting with a coffee morning on Saturday (18 May).

The event will take place at the Shetland Museum and Archives from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Everyone with an interest in Shetland’s ‘midder tongue’ is invited along to reflect on the highlights of the past 20 years and help determine the group’s priorities for the next five years.

Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year intermediate winner Lexi Tulloch will perform, while two of Shetland ForWirds’ founders Mary Blance and Laureen Johnson will speak.

Vice-convener Karlin Anderson said: “We want aabody dat has an interest in wir dialect ta join wis as we discuss how ta go forwird wi Shetland ForWirds.

“We want ta hear why preservin an promotin da dialect is important tae you as weel as laernin aboot your favourite dialect initiatives.”

The dialect promotion group plans to host a performance event in the hairst highlighting local talent.

In the meantime it wants to welcome old friends and newcomers to share their ideas and get involved.

Anderson added: “We’d love tae welcome new fokk ontae wir committee an groups ta help revamp wir website, plan events an develop new projects.

“We want ta keep wir wye o spaekin alive an mak sure we keep haein a fun alang da wye.

“We value partnership wark an will continue ta support dialect initiatives laek da Schools Music Festival, Young Writers Awards an Screenplay.”

Anyone wishing to attend Saturday’s event should contact the group via their social media pages or email shetlandforwirds@gmail.com.

The group was formed 20 years ago following the Dialect Convention of 2004.

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