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Also in the news / Nesting shows good strength, peat slide data, JUHA shortlisted, new exhibition and Star Wars at the museum

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THE Nesting men’s rowing team in good strength as they speed through the water during the Lerwick Yoal Rowing Regatta on Saturday. Photo: Keith Morrison


SSEN Transmission has confirmed that around 1,700 cubic metres of peat was disturbed during a well-publicised landslide earlier in May.

In answering a parliamentary question by the Conservative Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett, climate action minister Gillian Martin said the company had confirmed to the Scottish Government that it is “working with key stakeholders and environmental specialists to put a place a plan for safe restoration and reinstatement”.

The minister confirmed that the peat slide was not associated with the Viking wind farm, but the Kergord substation which is under construction. SSEN Transmission said the peat slide took place during work on the on the Kergord to Gremista electricity connection project.

Shortly after the peat slide on 7 May a video circulated on social media which showed the extent of the peat disturbance.

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The incident was widely reported in the local media and even made it into the Scottish edition of the Times newspaper a few days later – but showing a peat slide that had taken place many years earlier.


Magnus Rosie, member of the Junior Jarl Squad learning how to make the torches from Glynn Wright, long time volunteer in Up Helly Aa

SHETLAND’s Junior Up Helly Aa festival has been shortlisted in the Encouraging Reciprocal Learning category of this year’s Generations Working Together excellence awards.

Representatives of the festival have received an invite to attend an evening reception in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 11 June.

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The 2024 Junior Jarl Oran McCulloch – representing Skeppare Nokkvesson – will be joined by junior jarl squad leader Theo Thomason and two festival volunteers at the awards ceremony.

Junior Up Helly Aa secretary John Angus said: “As a festival we are proud to provide opportunities to build friendships, networks, respect and shape community bonds between peer groups and wider generations now and into their future.”

Generations Working Together (GWT) is the nationally recognised centre of excellence supporting the development and integration of intergenerational work across Scotland.



Ebbe and Flow is a travelling exhibition in its own wooden kist.

A NEW exhibition celebrating cultural and maritime connections with Scandinavia through the work of Scottish and Norwegian artists opens at the Shetland Museum and Archives this Saturday.

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Ebbe and Flow is a travelling exhibition, touring in its own wooden kist filled with artworks and images connecting Norway and Scotland.

It features work from nine artists – Marit Tunestveit Dyre, Rhona Fleming, Sarah Jost, David Lemm, Jon Macleod, Randi Annie Strand, Calum Wallis and co-curators David Faithfull and Imi Maufe.

The museum’s exhibition officer Karen Clubb said: “The breadth of work that has emerged from the nine artists’ collaborative journey is truly inspiring, exploring the intersections of Scottish and Nordic culture through language, music, nautical exchanges, landscape, and weather.”

Faithfull will also be giving an artist talk on Sunday 9 June at 2pm, with tickets available via the museum box office.

Ebbe and Flow opens on Saturday from 2pm and runs until Saturday 10 August 2024.


TICKETS are still available from the Malakoff shop for a unique marathon screening of all three original Star Wars movies this coming Saturday.

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Local movie fan David Leask is putting on the show at the Shetland Museum and Archives starting at 10.45am with the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars.

Tickets are £9 each and a prize draw will be held after every screening. All surpluses will be donated to the Compass Centre and Shetland Relay for Life.

Leask said any remaining tickets would also be available at the door on Saturday. More information is available of the event’s Facebook page here.

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