The starting line of last year's Rousay Lap.

The starting line of last year’s Rousay Lap.

The 2014 Rousay Lap is due to take place on the island tomorrow.

The ever-popular event sees participants either run, cycle or walk the 13.1-mile course.

The contest is set to get under way at noon, with registration taking place between 11.15am and 11.45am.

Further information on the event can be found at


Seven of the biggest names in professional darts will be in Orkney this weekend.Masters

Gary Anderson, Vincent Van der Voort, Colin Lloyd, Terry Jenkins, Wayne Mardle, John Henderson and Michael Smith are in the county to compete in the Orkney Masters tournament.

The seven pros will each take on a local darts player who qualified for the event — Derek Firth, Iain Wilkie, Kevin Gray, Robbie Stanger, Ivan Leslie, Simon Parry, Brian Moar and Paul Foubister, with fellow qualifier Michael Bain playing for the pros.

The Orkney Masters event is due to get under way at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall at 1pm on Saturday.


Orkney Islands Council is reminding postal voters that when they check that the numbers on their ballot papers and postal voting statements match up, as per instructions, it is only the last four numbers that they should concern themselves with.

The council says that due to a minor clerical error, some postal voting statements have an extra zero on them. This will, however, in no way affect the validity and integrity of the vote.


Police would like to hear from anyone with information regarding stolen bicycle in Kirkwall.

The bike, a white Giant Rome 2, was taken from outside the temporary construction site at the Pickaquoy Centre between 9.45am and 10.30am yesterday, Thursday.

Anyone who can help with inquiries is asked to contact the police station via 101.



Thorfinn claimed the last domestic football trophy of the 2014 season this evening.

The Kirkwall side beat Stromness AFC 4-1 at Picky to secure the Highland Fuels Jolly Cup.


An application for a betting premises licence for a bookmakers in the centre of Kirkwall was refused by Orkney Islands Area Licensing Board this afternoon, Thursday, at the end of four hours of deliberation.

This is the second time such an application has been made by the same company, the first having been refused earlier this year.

This fresh application attracted numerous objections, against turning a former toy shop into a bookmakers, and included a petition containing over 700 names against the proposal.

It was eventually refused today, following a vote of 5-2 against, after a lengthy meeting which saw those for and against the application airing their submissions in the council chamber in Kirkwall.

MAB Bookmakers Ltd, trading as Laidlaws Bookmakers, originally applied for a licence for its Bridge Street premises earlier this year, which was heard by the Licensing Board back in March.

That application was refused, following highly vocal concerns over plans to install four fixed-odds betting terminals, which the company again proposed to do.

At the meeting this afternoon, it was stated that the company is at present appealing against the previous decision to refuse the licence, which is said to be going through the court process at the moment.

At the beginning of the meeting it was stated by the applicant that the appeal had been put on hold, pending the outcome of the decision today.

However, when asked to talk to The Orcadian after the meeting, Murray Bringhurst, from the company behind the proposals, refused to comment and left the council offices.


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