Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Seafish researchers to visit Orkney for fishing fleet survey

A fishing industry survey is due to take place in Orkney in August.
 (Picture: Craig Taylor)

Seafish is calling for vessel owners and skippers across Orkney to participate in its annual economic survey of the UK fishing fleet. Researchers will be covering collecting data on fishing and vessel costs in order to build an up-to-date picture of the UK fleet’s economic performance. They are due to …

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Improved signal for St Andrews


Those who live in the parish of St Andrews should be experiencing an improvement in mobile signal, according to Vodafone UK. The East Mainland community is one of 35 areas named as part of a programme run by the mobile network company to improve signal in rural communities across Scotland. …

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Marine Plan for local waters shortlisted for award

A plan that will guide development activity in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters has been shortlisted for a prestigious award. The pilot Marine Spatial Plan has been prepared by a working group consisting of Orkney Islands Council, The Highland Council and Marine Scotland, and has been shortlisted for the …

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Aberdeen prove too strong on Thorfinn’s historic night

David Delday shows his delight as he scores the second of Thorfinn's goals on a memorable evening at the Pickaquoy.

Aberdeen’s Under-20s side proved too strong for Thorfinn FC this evening on a night that celebrated 125 years of Thorfinn history. Nineteen-year-old former Manchester City trainee Joe Nuttall was the star for the visitors with a first-half hat-trick as they went in at the break 4-0 ahead. However, despite an …

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Thorfinn set to celebrate 125 years of history against Aberdeen FC side


Orkney’s oldest football club is set to celebrate 125 years of history tonight, with a friendly match against some of Scottish football’s brightest young talents. Kirkwall Thorfinn Football Club are set to welcome Aberdeen Football Club’s Under-20s side to the county as part of the club’s 125th-anniversary celebrations. The match, …

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Rendall reach historic first ever Parish Cup final

Rendall — pictured before the first leg of their Parish Cup semi-final — beat Westray on away goals this afternoon to reach a first ever Parish Cup final.

Rendall reached a historic first ever Parish Cup final this afternoon, surviving a Westray fightback in a 2-2 draw this afternoon. Having drawn 0-0 in the first-leg, the West Mainland side put themselves firmly in control of the match with two first-half goals from Chris Purnell. Requiring three goals to progress, …

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Sheep festival kicks off in North Ronaldsay

North Ronaldsay sheep on the beach, North Ronaldsay.7/5/13Tom O'Brien

The very first North Ronaldsay Sheep festival begins today. The island will be hosting a variety of events, with an art exhibition, film screenings, social events, live music and more taking place across two weeks. The festival has seen volunteers invited to help with two of the residents’ most important annual …

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First Parish Cup finalist set to be decided

Westray's William Bradley battles with St Andrew's Connan Rendall during Westray's quarter-final victory. Bradley will be hoping to provide the required industry and determination to help Westray reach a first Parish Cup final in six years.

The first Parish Cup semi-final second-leg is set to take place tomorrow afternoon with Rendall set to travel to Westray. On offer is a place in the Parish Cup final on Saturday, August 13. With the two teams battling out a 0-0 draw two weeks ago, the tie is on …

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Stromness Shopping Week draws to a close

Stromness Shopping Week.

The opening procession with the Shopping week Queen and her attendants.


Tom O'Brien

This evening sees this year’s Stromness Shopping Week Draw to a close. Throughout the day there will be a mixed bag of activities including a speed pool competition, the Holms race, a five-a-side football competition, the Ferry Inn 10k and a children’s fancy dress three-legged juice race. At 7pm the …

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A bit of ‘Disney Magic’ at Hatston Pier

Pluto, Mickey and Minnie were among those who entertained from the decks of The 'Disney Magic' cruise liner.

An estimated 1,000 spectators gathered at Hatston Pier this evening, to bid farewell to the Disney Magic cruise ship. The large crowd gathered from 5pm, and were delighted to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse among the characters who entertained from the decks above. Spectators were thrilled to see Goofy do a …

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Orkney to have a second crack at the Scorries


Orkney’s footballers are to continue their preparations for next weekend’s Milne Cup clash against Shetland this weekend, facing Wick Academy for the second consecutive Saturday. Last weekend saw Highland League side Academy beat the islanders 5-4 on penalties to lift the Green Challenge Cup after a 1-1 draw after 90 …

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Police appeal after windows damaged


Police are seeking information after a window was broken at Blue Joe’s shop on Albert Street, Kirkwall, sometime overnight on July 21. At about 12.55am the following day, July 22, a window at an address in Union Street, Kirkwall, was also damaged. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirkwall …

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Road works around Kirkwall


Orkney Islands Council is due to carry out surface dressing and road marking in and around Kirkwall, over this weekend and next week. Weather permitting, the work will be carried out at Hatston Brae, Great Western Road, Lynn Crescent, Glaitness Park, Laverock Road, Lynnpark, Marwick Drive, Muir Drive, Peerie Sea …

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Invitation to Disney Magic departure

The Disney Magic will depart at 6pm tomorrow.

Hatston Pier will be open to the public tomorrow evening, Friday, July 22, for the departure of the cruise ship Disney Magic after the last of her visits to Orkney this year. It’s an opportunity to see the Disney characters who are travelling on board, and to enjoy the entertainment …

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