Record-breaking Folk Festival gets under way today


The 34th annual Orkney Folk Festival kicks off this evening – featuring 55 events, 35 acts and over 300 musicians squeezed into four days of music. For the third year running, the festival has once again broken its own box office record. The festival board attribute these sales to a combination …

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THAW Orkney’s Eday drop-in session


THAW Orkney has advised that the date for their Eday drop-in session is Thursday, June 2, and not July 2, as they advertised this week. The session, at the Eday Community Co-op, runs from 11am until 3pm.

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The case for emergency tug provision is strong and growing – Carmichael

The emergency towing vessel Herakles pictured at Hatston Pier.
(Picture: Craig Taylor)

Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael has described a meeting in Edinburgh yesterday – to discuss the provision of Emergency Towing Vessels (ETVs) – as positive and productive. An independent risk assessment was presented at the meeting, which, according to Mr Carmichael, was clear that the need for an ETV is …

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MoD grant permission for HMS Hampshire survey

HMS Hampshire, which sank off Birsay in June 1916, with the loss of 737 crewmen.

In the run-up to next weekend’s events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hampshire, the Ministry of Defence has granted a team of specialist international divers a licence to undertake a photographic and 3D-imaging survey of the shipwreck. The Hampshire, carrying Lord Kitchener, left Scapa Flow on June …

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In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

Front Page May 26

This week’s edition of the newspaper is available from all the usual outlets and online, here. This week’s front page features stories on: • Members of Stromness Community Council have voiced their anger and disappointment over OHAC plans to relocate the community mental health teams from the town’s Town House …

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New council video highlights planning in Orkney


Orkney Islands Council has produced a short video to raise awareness of the current public consultation into the Proposed Orkney Local Development Plan. The video aims to give folk an insight into planning and how decisions are made and policies developed. Featuring Councillor Rob Crichton, chairman of the planning committee, …

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Advance warning of road resurfacing work


Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations from tomorrow, Thursday, at a number of locations throughout the West Mainland. The work is planned for: Germiston Road (A965-Stymilders) Bigswell Road (A965-Lower Bigswell) Brodgar Road (A965-Bockan) A967 (Hutter Road – Lyking Road) A967 (Brodgar Road – B9055) …

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Stromness Primary roof work to start this week

Stromness Primary School.

Work is due to start this week on replacing the slates on the roof of Stromness Primary School. Scaffolding will go up on Saturday, May 28, with the work starting on June 6. Since the school opened in January 2013, a number of slates have broken and fallen from the …

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September opening for new ‘Stromness Studios’

The former library building in Stromness.

Orkney Islands Council will welcome new tenants into the former Stromness Library building later this year. The building, at the foot of the Hellihole Road in the town, has been vacant since the library service moved to its new home in the Warehouse Buildings last year. It’s now due to …

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Send a “smiley selfie” for Smile Month.

The Public Dental Service Oral Health Team showing their best ‘smiley selfie’. L-R is Kayleigh Kelday, Donna Shearer, Muriel Louden and Karyn Tait.

NHS Orkney’s staff at the public dental service are asking folk in Orkney to send them a ‘smiley selfie’ as part of national Smile Month. The national campaign is reminding folk to look after their teeth by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, cutting down on sugary foods and drinks and to …

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Foreland Road officially opens

OIC convener Councillor Steven Heddle opens Foreland Road this morning. He is pictured with, from the left, OIC engineer Neil Gauld, Bruce Sinclair representing the contractors, Councillor James Stockan, and OIC head of roads Darren Richardson. (

The new link road built in Kirkwall was officially opened today, Tuesday. Works for the new road, called Foreland Road, began last September. The £1.7million scheme was completed by local company Andrew Sinclair — Contractors and Plant Hirers. It is a little over 600 metres in length and will link …

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Regalia leaves Scapa Flow


The view over Scapa Flow changed at the weekend when the accommodation rig Regalia left for the North Sea, after six months at anchor in the Flow. During that time, there has been much activity surrounding the Regalia with over 400 vessel movements carrying local supplies, weekly crew changes, waste …

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Police launch air rifle amnesty


Police are asking anyone with an unwanted air weapon to “surrender” it at Kirkwall police station as part of a campaign ahead of new licensing legislation. The three-week surrender campaign runs across Scotland until June 12. From December 31, it will be illegal for anyone to own an air weapon …

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Sandwick through after pulsating draw in Dounby

Sandwick and South Ronaldsay shared the spoils in a pulsating The Orcadian Parish Cup tie this evening but it is the 23-time winners that face Rendall in the quarter-finals. Attempting to claw back a 2-1 deficit from the first leg in South Ronaldsay, the South Isles side made it 2-2 …

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