Archive for May, 2017

Orkney health services play their part during World No Tobacco Day

Today, May 31, has been World No Tobacco Day and Smoking Matters – the stop smoking services in Orkney — have highlighted their role in pushing for a smoke free Orkney. Through its work, Smoking Matters has helped some ex-smokers in the county. Ewan Brown from Kirkwall, is a classic example of how the service can […]

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New salmon farm off Westray gets green light

A new salmon farm which will use what were described as the largest cages used in the aquaculture industry in Scotland is to be sited off the coast of Westray. Plans for the development, which will create eight jobs and includes a 600 tonne feed barge, were approved of at a meeting of Orkney Islands […]

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Netballer to represent Scotland at World Youth Cup

An Orkney netballer has been selected to represent her country at the World Youth Cup, the pinnacle of under-21 competition. Sarah MacPhail, from Kirkwall, has been named in the 12-player Scotland squad which will play on the world stage at the Botswana tournament in July MacPhail and her Scotland teammates will play Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Samoa […]

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Turning cartwheels for charity

A pair of local lasses have been going head over heels at some of Orkney’s beaches in an effort to raise money for a charity close to their hearts. Effie Thomson and Georgie Edwards, both ten years old, have raised money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust over the past month, by cartwheeling the length […]

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Ortak getting back to its roots with plans to expand

Local jewellery manufacturer Ortak is this week in the process of relocating to its former home on the Hatston Industrial Estate, marking a homecoming for the business which was originally founded 50 years ago. Established by local man Malcolm Gray, who originally took up silvercraft as a hobby, Ortak grew to become one of the […]

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Norwegian Jade makes maiden call into Kirkwall

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship Norwegian Jade made her maiden call into an Orkney port this morning when she arrived alongside Hatston Pier. The ship, one of the company’s fifteen vessels, is this season operating northern European cruises from Southampton, marking Norwegian’s return to offering regular cruises from England for the first time since 2010. […]

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HMS Vanguard commemorations

Commemorations will be held this summer to mark the huge loss of life when a Royal Navy battleship was destroyed while at anchor in Scapa Flow. A series of internal explosions destroyed HMS Vanguard on the night of July 9, 1917. Just two of the 845 men on board survived. The catastrophic loss of Vanguard, a dreadnought […]

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Rob May wins Open Stage

Singer-songwriter Rob May has been named the winner of this year’s Orkney Folk Festival’s Open Stage Competition. The 24-year-old, who hails from South Africa, recently moved to the UK. Over the past month, he has been residing in Orkney and says he has been inspired by the lifestyle and landscape of the islands. Runners-up were […]

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Shore Street car park temporary closure

Orkney Islands Council (OIC) has advised vehicle drivers that the temporary closure Shore Street car park — also known as the Waterfront East car park — is due to start next Thursday, June 1. According to OIC, the 10-week closure is to enable construction of the next stage of the Kirkwall Flood Prevention Scheme, around […]

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Second leg of St Magnus Way launches today

The second section of the St Magnus Way launches today, Saturday, as part of the Orkney Folk Festival. It begins at the St Magnus Kirk, Birsay, with a concert at 10am, followed by the walk starting at 11.15am. The concert will feature  songs from David McNeish, Sarah Jane Gibbon and Ragnhild Hemsing, and James Watson […]

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