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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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The Orcadian Parish Cup continues

The Orcadian Parish Cup continues this weekend, with four first round ties scheduled to be completed. Tomorrow sees Westray take on Hoy, Flotta and Walls. The visitors are virtually assured of progression following a 7-0 win in the first-leg. Kick-off is scheduled for 11.45am. Three matches are set to be played on Sunday, with Holm, […]

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Willy Mason to perform in Kirkwall

Grooves have announced yet another visiting act for their new venue. Singer-songwriter, Willy Mason, is set to take the stage of The Sound Archive, Kirkwall, on Sunday, June 25th. The guitarist, who originally hails from New York, released his debut album — Where Humans Eat — back in 2004. Having made it into the UK […]

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Oystercatcher opts for roundabout nest site

Far from seeking a peaceful and quiet location, an oystercatcher has instead chosen what has to be the busiest and probably noisiest roundabout in Orkney to lay its eggs. The bird has been seen sitting on three recently laid eggs and seems quite content as the cars a lorries go thundering by. When not sitting […]

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All set for Dementia Awareness Week

Organisations across Orkney are set to work together over next week — starting Sunday, May 28 — to raise awareness of dementia within the local community. A series of events has been planned by staff from Orkney Health and Care, alongside voluntary organisations that provide support to people and families living with dementia. Saturday, June […]

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McArthur: Orkney being left “high and dry” over ferry fares

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has repeated calls for Ministers to deliver cheaper ferry fares for the Northern Isles. During Economy Questions in parliament on Wednesday afternoon, Mr McArthur highlighted that it is a year since the First Minister made a promise to act “immediately” in response to demands for cuts to ferry fares on Orkney […]

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Video: OIC convener issues message of sympathy and support to victims of Manchester attack

  Orkney Islands Council convener Harvey Johnston, has written a message of sympathy and support for all those affected by Monday’s tragic events in Manchester. Councillors and staff from Orkney Islands Council also joined people across the UK in observing a minute’s silence at 11am this morning, as a mark of respect. Cllr Johnston’s poem […]

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Folk Festival kicks off

  The 35th Orkney Folk Festival is set to get off to a flying start, tonight, with concerts scheduled in Stromness, Stenness, Burray, and Deerness. The weekend looks to be packed chock full of folk, with an array of visiting and local acts on the bill; including Kris Drever, Eddi Reader, and Saltfishforty. The Orcadian will […]

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Public advised to be alert after threat level raised

After Monday’s tragedy in Manchester, Orkney’s Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group (OLECG) is advising the public in Orkney to be alert and to report anything unusual or suspicious to the police. Following the attack the terrorism threat level in the UK was raised to critical and security measures have been in place at public buildings across […]

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HMS Tracker visits Orkney during deployment

The Faslane based Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Tracker is pictured in Kirkwall earlier this morning. The vessel earlier set off from her home port of HM Naval Base Clyde for a three-week deployment around Scotland. The modified Royal Navy Archer class P2000 vessel, which helps protect what the Navy describes as “high-value shipping”, is […]

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