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MORE than £170,000 has been raised so far for Cancer Research UK through this year’s Shetland Relay for Life.

At midnight, as the event at the Clickimin came to a close, the committee announced a total of £174,868.

But with fundraising set to continue until the end of August there is an expectation it could reach over £200,000.

More than 125 survivors took part in the opening lap of the event at midday on Saturday before they attended a reception at the nearby Anderson High School.

There were a total of 32 teams, made up of over 600 participants, that had registered to take part in the relay.

Relay for Life Shetland chair Kerry Llewellyn said: “It has been an amazing event this year, and the support from the community and local business has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I want to thank all the volunteers who help us on Friday and Sunday putting the site together, who bake and help in the tea and BBQ tents and the musicians who keep us entertained through the day and night.

“I also want to thank all the business that donated raffle prizes our main sponsor Cooke Aquaculture, Ocean Kinetics Ltd, LHD Ltd, Lerwick Port Authority, Scottish Seafarms Ltd and Serene LK297 for supporting the event, EMN Plant Ltd for sponsoring the Survivors’ Reception and Malakoff Ltd for their support of the Candle of Hope Ceremony.”

This year was the first time the event took place during the day, from 12pm to 12am, in a bid to increase accessibility.

Susan Johnstone, senior divisional manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s been an incredible day at Relay for Life Shetland.

“The committee, teams and the local community out in force raising money for Cancer Research UK is hugely appreciated by everyone at Cancer Research UK. Together we are beating cancer.”

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Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet Media
Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet Media
Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet Media
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The Plonkeys were among the music acts performing during the night. Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet Media
Photo: Shetland Relay for Life

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