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John Webster (left) presents Malcolm Craigie (centre) and John Drummond (right) with their 30 and 20 year RNLI long service awards respectively. Photo: RNLI Lerwick

TWO volunteers from the Lerwick Lifeboat station with 50 years of service between them will attend a special garden party at Buckingham Palace later this week, to mark 200 years of saving lives at sea.

His Majesty The King, patron of the RNLI, has granted permission for a garden party at Buckingham Palace in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Attending the event on behalf of RNLI Lerwick will be two long-serving volunteers Malcolm Craigie and John Drummond.

Malcolm joined the Lerwick lifeboat in 1987 and served as a crew member until 2000. He then became a deputy launch authority in 2006, with responsibility to page the lifeboat crew to launch, before taking on his current role in 2008 as lifeboat operations manager.

John has been a member of the Lerwick lifeboat crew since 2002 and is currently the longest serving second mechanic on the crew.

John Webster, chair of the RNLI Lerwick branch, recently presented the pair with long service medals.

He said: “Malcolm and John have given over 50-years of dedicated service as volunteers to RNLI Lerwick and they’re both very deserving of their long service awards. I’m sure they’ll enjoy the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to mark the RNLI’s 200th Anniversary of saving lives at sea.”

THREE charities have received donations from EnQuest through their ‘Greenie Day HSE’ scheme.

The Greenie Day Scheme is where money is banked throughout the year for each day at Sullom Voe Terminal with no HSE incidents, environmental compliance, 100 per cent process availability and 100 per cent MEOR availability.

The charities receiving the cheques for money gained in 2023 were CLAN Cancer Support (£7,800), Shetland Heart Screening (£2,950) and £2,000 each to RNLI Aith and RNLI Lerwick.

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From left to right: Steven and Siobhan Pirie (Shetland Heart Screening), Nick McCaffrey (RNLI Aith), Stevie Grant (RNLI Lerwick), Dorothy Jamieson (CLAN Cancer Support) and Janet Mullins (EnQuest). Photo: Anne Clark

THE SHETLAND junior football 2010 development squad will wear the Mind Your Head logo on their strips after a new sponsorship agreement with local businesses Heima and Colin Summers Ltd Painter & Decorator.

E&H Building Contractors will also continue to support the squad over the next year.

Heima has chosen to donate sponsorship space to local charity Mind Your Head, which is said to be a “fitting tribute” to the late Iain Goodlad.

Coach Martin Summers said: “Our players will be proud to carry their logo and message within our team. We hope this is a powerful message within the football and wider community that mental health matters.”

Heima co-owner and 2010 coach Jordan Thomason said: “This charity partnership means a lot to the coaching team and players, and as a local business we are privileged to make this link with the charity, a fitting tribute to Iain Goodlad who we all very much miss. This gesture is a small way to wrap love and support around our very own coach Andrew Goodlad, and the whole Goodlad family at this time.”

Colin Summers said: “I am proud to be supporting the 2010 Shetland Development Squad, and look forward to following their progress. I am delighted to see Mind Your Head front and centre on the shirts, we need to do more to reduce stigma and provide much needed spaces to talk openly and support each other.”

Mind Your Head chief executive Anouska Civico said the charity “greatly appreciate” the opportunity to promote the work and ethos of the organisation.

ORKNEY and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael warned that ministers must learn the lessons of the “infected blood” scandal around the culture of government institutions.

During the scandal, 30,000 people were infected with hepatitis and HIV while receiving NHS treatment between the 1970s and 1990s, and 3,000 have since died. On Monday, a public inquiry said victims were repeatedly failed, with evidence of a cover-up.

Carmichael said: “The scandals we are responding to today took years and decades to reach this point. The scandals of years to come are in the making right now – and will continue if we do not shake up the behaviour of our public institutions.”

SALMON farm company Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is celebrating ten years of business in the UK.

The Scottish arm of the global business has farms in Shetland as well as Orkney and elsewhere in the country.

To mark the anniversary the company has refined its name to Cooke Scotland.

Managing director Colin Blair said: “This new brand is a major step towards creating a more cohesive and compelling brand identity globally, whilst unifying our companies under one name, as one team, with one purpose.”

A MAN appeared at Lerwick Sheriff Court from custody on Monday charged with assault to injury.

Stephen Downton, whose address was given as Shetland, made no plea or declaration and was committed for further examination when he appeared in private.

The 46-year-old was granted bail.

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