The historic sixareen Far Haaf is to make a special appearance at next month’s Shetland Boat Week, thanks to Unst Heritage Trust and the Shetland Ex-Whalers Association.
The historic sixareen Far Haaf at her regular home at the Unst Boat Haven.
The boat, which is based at the Unst Boat Haven, is actually a remake of the original Far Haaf which was destroyed in a storm in 1992. The current boat was built from the keel of the original boat, by Unst man Willie Mouat and Ian Best from Fair Isle.
Her appearance at the boat festival, alongside the Shetland Museum sixareen Vaila Mae, is described as a “very special occurrence” as a pair of full-size, traditional squaresail rigged sixareens will sail through Lerwick Harbour together for the first time in living memory.
The Far Haaf is expected to take to the water at Haroldswick for the first time in many years this weekend, ahead of her trip to Lerwick.
Boat week spokesman Brian Wishart explained the significance of having the only two remaining functional sailing sixareens together on the water.
He said: “I think it is virtually certain that there were not sixerns under traditional fishing rig (square sail or dipping lug) after the First World War.
“Sixerns often were turned into flitboats, under a standing lug and jib as a more manageable rig, before they were all gradually motorised.
“As far as we can tell, this will be the first time in over 100 years that two traditional square sail rig sixerns will be sailed side by side.”
Shetland Amenity Trust chairwoman Ruth Mackenzie added: “It’s an incredible honour that the Unst Heritage Trust have agreed to work with us to bring the Far Haaf and the Vaila Mae together.
“These are two iconic boats and there is much excitement all round that we will see them together on the water. We are very grateful to those in Unst, and to the Shetland Ex-Whalers Association for all coming together to make this happen.”
The ex-whalers group has agreed to donate the price for the insurance of the boat to make the trip. That will mean that the public will have an opportunity to sail in both vessels during the week.
Famous comedian and chat-show host Alan Carr is set to be the latest comedian to come to Shetland.
Mr Carr will be coming to Shetland in October as part of his “Work-in-Progress” tour of the Highlands and Islands.
Work-in-Progress, which will take place in Mareel on 20th October, will be a chance for audiences to see Carr’s new, unfinished material. He will be supported by Kelly Convey, a highly-acclaimed rising star of the UK stand-up scene.
Comedian Alan Carr.
Mr Carr is one of the UK’s top comedy names, and has scooped two British comedy awards, two national television awards and a Bafta TV award.
He has been performing his innuendo-laden brand of stand-up comedy both live and on television for over a decade, as well as a long-running chat show Chatty Man.
This comes on the back of Jack Dee’s performance at Mareel on Saturday 13th July, and Jason Manford’s show at the Clickimin centre earlier this year.
Comedian James Acaster is also set to perform at Mareel in September.
Tickets will be available via the usual outlets from Thursday.
The final exhibition in the ShetlandMade summer programme at Weisdale Mill’s Bonhoga Gallery will open on Saturday.
Celebrating local contemporary craft and its role in Shetland’s culture and economy, the main gallery will host the work of some of Shetland’s most popular and talented practitioners.
This showcase will champion fine craftsmanship and innovative design from six artists and makers, all of whom are exhibiting new work alongside their current collections.
Examples of the work in the ShetlandMade showcase.
There will be exciting pieces from jewellers Mike Finnie and Esme Wilcock, contemporary textiles from designers Andrea Williamson and Nielanell, wooden furniture and designs from Paparwark as well as colourful glass creations from Cheryl Jamieson of Glansin Glass.
The showcases provide an opportunity for visitors to engage with craft at a closer level, and discover what it is that inspire local designers and makers to create their amazing pieces.
All work featured in the showcases will be for sale, providing a unique opportunity for both visitors and locals alike to purchase from a large and diverse collection of high quality, contemporary applied art and craft and consequently support our local craft sector.
Shetland Arts retail manager Angela Smith said: “We are very excited about this opportunity for Shetland makers. We are more than half way through our three year showcase programme and it’s fantastic to see how the makers are taking advantage of the opportunity, with most developing and creating new work.”
Running concurrently in the lower gallery at Bonhoga, Art to Go exhibits a selection of contemporary prints and photographs from Shetland and the UK, with work available at the point of sale.
This month features Jimi Rae, an artist who has recently moved to Shetland. Embracing the culture and landscape he has embarked on creating a new body of work he calls The Shetland Project, a combination of photography and paintings featuring the nature and environment.
Smith added: “We are delighted to feature a collection of his contemporary prints and sculptures at Bonhoga.”
The Bonhoga Gallery is open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 5pm, and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
The test launch of a space research balloon from Unst has been hailed as a major success.
B2Space now intends to establish a permanent base with Shetland Space Centre on the isle to work towards full-scale launches of the “rockoon” system.
This will use balloons to transport rockets into the upper atmosphere before they are launched into space. Using the technology is said to be significantly cheaper than sending rockets into orbit from the ground.
In the meantime, B2Space, which has the backing of the European Space Agency (ESA), will deploy balloons to conduct a series of tests of satellite components in near-space, in conditions similar to those in orbit.
Valentin Canales and Victor Montero, co-founders of B2Space, said: “We are very pleased with how the test launch has gone.
“We have a large amount of data to analyse, but from what we know already we can confirm that we intend to set up a base here in Unst in preparation for future launches.
“Interest from ESA and the UK Space Agency is huge. We know the technology will work, and this launch was the first step, with many more to come.
“We are really grateful for the support and teamwork from the Shetland Space Centre, from the local supply chain and from the community. We were amazed and delighted by how many people came to watch the launch.”
Shetland Space Centre project director Scott Hammond added: “The balloon launch has been a major success, proving that Unst is the best location for launching into space.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for the Shetland Space Centre team, working with our local partners such as Pure Energy and Ocean Kinetics, backed by Shetland Islands Council and HIE, to conduct a live operation and learn from it, which we have done.
“The support from external agencies such as Civil Aviation Authority, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Marine Scotland has also been excellent.
“The Shetland Space Centre team, local firms and the community has come together to make this happen – and this the model for going forward not only to more balloon launches but to a rocket launch site and ground station by 2020-21.”
The St Magnus Bay Hotel in Hillswick has taken the decision to ban “party buses” after damage was caused to the hotel over the weekend.
The men’s toilets were trashed and a children’s ride-on toy car was broken on Saturday afternoon, and owner Andrea Manson said they had decided to stop serving visiting party buses and to offer afternoon teas on a Saturday instead.
St Magnus Bay hotel in Hillswick.
Two members of the bus had left a “very precious” children’s ride-on car “laid in bits”, she said, and passengers on the bus had also “jumped on the toilet” in an attempt to take it off the wall.
The urinals were also blocked with batteries too, Ms Manson said.
She said that this was “normal behaviour for some of the party buses” and that this particular bus had “little respect for property and even less for staff”.
The latest incident had been “the straw that broke the camel’s back”, Ms Manson said, amid continued scrutiny over party buses in Shetland.
SIC councillor Stephen Leask controversially called for a by-law to be introduced to regulate the buses in February 2018, which was met with fierce opposition from young people on social media.
Ms Manson said more regulation was needed, citing previous examples of damage done to their hotel which included fire extinguishers being set off in their corridors and a “lovely, treasured” mandolin being stolen and destroyed on a bus.
Evidence of drug use had also been discovered after three bus-loads of people were in the hotel a few weekends ago, and Ms Manson said they had decided they had had enough.
“Basically every Saturday we say ‘is this really worth it?’, she said. “We’ve come to the conclusion ‘no’.”
Ms Manson said they had not received any apologies from anyone on the bus, but they expected the person responsible for the bus and those who broke the children’s car to come up to the hotel, apologise and to compensate them for the damage caused.
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SIC deputy convener Beatrice Wishart has been announced as the Libertal Democrat candidate in the forthcoming Scottish by-election for the Shetland seat.
Beatrice Wishart will fight the Shetland seat at Holyrood for the Liberal Democrats.
The Lerwick woman was confirmed following a meeting of the local party branch on Saturday evening. She will be bidding to replace Tavish Scott who stood down after holding the MSP position since the formation of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
Ms Wishart, who was elected to the council at the last election as one of the four Lerwick South members, is also a trustee of Women’s Aid and an active Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi) campaigner.
Over the past decade she has run the office of isles MP Alistair Carmichael and also supported the work of Tavish Scott at Holyrood.
Ms Wishart said: I am thrilled to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Shetland. I’ve lived and worked in Shetland most of my life and I’m keenly aware of the issues that need to be addressed.
“Islanders want to see fair funding for our ferries, more NHS services provided at home in Shetland, swift improvements to broadband coverage and all nurseries being given the resources and support they need to increase the amount of childcare available in our communities.
“I will be a tireless champion for Shetland. It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to stand to represent my home.”
Ms Wishart is the third current SIC councillor to throw her hat into the ring for the Scottish election, following the decisions of her colleagues Ian Scott and Ryan Thomson to stand as independents.
Tavish Scott said: “I am delighted that Beatrice will fly the Liberal Democrat flag in the forthcoming contest for the Shetland seat. She is a Shetlander and an islander through and through.
“Beatrice has all the qualities needed to be a committed representative of Shetland people in the Scottish Parliament. She knows island issues, listens well, has a strong track record of getting things done for people. She will always put Shetland first. I hope that she will have the overwhelming support of Shetland in the coming contest.”
Shetland branch chairwoman Wilcock added: “Shetland Liberal Democrats are delighted to endorse Beatrice Wishart as the prospective Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate at the forthcoming by-election. Beatrice is a passionate Shetlander and is well equipped for the task ahead. She has a quiet determination which shouldn’t be underestimated.
“She also has a wealth of experience of Shetland and its needs, having lived, worked and raised a family here. She has held office in the local party for over 20 years, is a councillor and has worked for Alistair Carmichael MP as office manager and case worker for the last 14 years.
“We look forward to assisting Beatrice in her forthcoming campaign and are confident that the Shetland voters will put their faith in Beatrice and return a Liberal Democrat MSP to Holyrood again.”
The victorious Spurs side with the Madrid Cup. Back (from left): Lewis Kay, Sam Goudie, Paul Molloy, Ewan Stewart, Khaelem Watt, Andrew Flett, Nathan McDonald, Joe Kay. Front: Connor Grant, Brandon Talukder, Sam Ward, Ryan Thomson, David Mann, Grant Wood and Cameron Gibbs. Photo: Brian Gray
Spurs won the Fraser Cup by defeating Ness United 2-1 in the final, played on Saturday afternoon at the Fraser Park in Scalloway.
Both sides were missing a few players but Ness squad was much more tested than their opponents, with four or five regular first-team players absent.
The Lerwick side took an early lead through Paul Molloy and although Ness equalised with a goal from young Dan Forsyth, Molloy restored the advantage before the break.
Spurs had been the dominant side in the first half and a single-goal lead was hardly reflective of the many chances they created.
Paul Molloy slips the ball past Ness keeper Kern Duncan to open the scoring. Photo: Brian Gray
Ness were much improved after the break and solid defending and goalkeeping by Kern Duncan limited Spurs to just a few chances.
As the half wore on Ness grew in confidence and were unlucky not to square the match up. Striker Ian Bray was particularly unfortunate when he shot narrowly wide, saw another effort deflected for a corner and then his header bounced off the bar.
Spurs were holding on at the end with the players relieved to hear the full-time whistle.
Best for the winners were centre back Andrew Flett and youngster Brandon Talukder in midfield, while Bray and midfielder Harry Thomson both stood out for Ness.