Archive for March 3rd, 2017

Palace Players take top spot

A Palace Players’ production has triumphed at this year’s Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) Orkney District Festival. At tonight’s final, in the Orkney Theatre, Silent Night, directed by Jane Harcus and Louise Tait, claimed the top prize and will progress to the Northern Divisional round of the competition – which is due to take place in Orkney from […]

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Curtains up for the final night of Drama Festival

Tonight, the final three teams competing in this year’s Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) Orkney District Festival, are due to take the stage of the Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall. Over the course of the festival, nine teams from local drama groups will have performed a selection of one act plays. The three plays expected to be […]

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Cathedral going blue and green for Fairtrade Fortnight

St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall will be lit blue and green tonight, Friday, night to mark the midpoint of Fairtrade Fortnight 2017. In Orkney, a range of events have been taking place, all aimed at encouraging people to “buy fair and local”. Fairtrade Zone accreditation was first awarded to the islands in 2014 in response to a campaign […]

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Rugby first XV in league action tomorrow

Orkney RFC host Dumfries Saints RFC tomorrow afternoon, at Pickaquoy, in BT National Division 3. Dumfries are fourth in the league, but have a game in hand over the three teams above them, so Orkney can expect a tough encounter. Orkney are languishing in eighth place, after a season hit by injuries, but will be […]

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Alway expecting tough test in Halkirk

Orkney Football Club will have to be on guard against a dangerous Halkirk United side this Saturday, according to manager Charlie Alway, as his side prepares for a tough test of their title-challenging credentials. It is another pivotal clash in Orkney FC’s season, facing the defending North Caledonian League champions on their home turf, a […]

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Orkney netball pair set to make Scotland debuts

Two Orkney netballers are preparing to make their debuts for Scotland today, in the Under-17 European Championships in Belfast. Molly Anderson, from Stromness, and Alice Scott, from St Ola, are in the 12-player Scotland squad, which will compete against England, Northern Ireland and Wales this weekend. Scotland begin their tournament against Wales on Friday afternoon, […]

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Voting under way in Scottish Youth Parliament election

The online vote for the 2017 Scottish Youth Parliament election opened this morning at 8am. Orkney has four candidates hoping for election to the Scottish Youth Parliament. Jack Norquoy, Brooke Mitchell (both Stromness Academy), Calum McArthur and Isla Leslie (Kirkwall Grammar School) are in the running for the two Orkney seats in the parliament. All […]

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Video shows conditions at sea during ‘Sunrise’ rescue

The Longhope RNLI have released a video which shows the conditions at sea as the Kirkwall and Longhope lifeboats went to the aid of the stricken trawler Sunrise. The Kirkwall lifeboat was called to the scene at 8am on Thursday morning, returning to station at 1am this morning. The Longhope volunteer crew was asked to […]

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Lifeboat arrives with stricken fishing vessel after 17 hour operation

Kirkwall Lifeboat arrived alongside Kirkwall Pier at 1am after a 17 hour call out which began at 8am on Thursday, making it one of the longest call outs in the history of the station. The call out, in 45 knot winds at times, also earlier involved the Longhope Lifeboat, which returned to station earlier in […]

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