Lecture tour will take Ness dig director to Texas

Excavations at the Ness of Brodgar.

The Ness of Brodgar excavation director is heading back to the USA next week for a lecture tour brought about by last year’s article in National Geographic magazine. Nick Card, of the UHI Archaeology Institute, has been invited, and funded, to tour Texas, taking in a number of venues including ...

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HIAL meeting union in a bid to avert airport strike action

Senior officials from Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) are due to meet with representatives from the trade union Prospect today, Wednesday, in a bid to avert strike action at the group’s 11 airports, including Kirkwall. Security staff working for Airport Management Services Ltd (AMSL), have voted to take industrial ...

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Missing man located

Police have confirmed that Thomas Fergus, who was reported missing earlier today, has been found safe and well.

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Ceremony held for those lost in wartime plane crash

The Norwegian special forces team and US air crew lost in the 'carpetbaggers' tragedy' were remembered today during a ceremony held at the site of the crash.

A small informal ceremony was held this morning to mark the 70th anniversary of a plane crash which saw the loss of 13 men. On the March 31 1945 a B-24 ‘Liberator’ Bomber crashed at Walliwall, St Ola. Only one of the 14 crew members onboard the plane survived. The ...

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Two men in court on attempted murder charges

Two men appeared, in private, at Kirkwall Sheriff Court yesterday afternoon, on charges of attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Baird and Graeme Baird, 20, who appeared from custody, made no plea or declaration and were committed for further examination. Christopher Baird, who also appeared in ...

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“Technical fault” sees Kirkwall-bound flight return to Aberdeen

A flight bound for Kirkwall airport on Friday afternoon had to return to Aberdeen after it suffered a technical fault, with the pilots unable to deploy the plane’s flaps. The flight departed Aberdeen for Kirkwall shortly after 4pm carrying three crew and 31 passengers According to a Loganair, on the flight’s approach ...

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Orkney secures funding for electric bike scheme

Orkney Islands Council has received a share of a £5 million funding pot from the Scottish Government to encourage less car use and more journeys by foot, bicycle, public transport and car share. The council will receive up to £50,000 – from the Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme – towards the ...

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Palace Players through to SCDA Scottish final

Palace Players pictured in Birnam after the presentation of prizes. Back row: Alastair Walker, Nicholas Pirie and Graham Macdonald. Shaun Tulloch and Michael McLaughlin.
Johanna Shearer, Kathleen Irving-Lewis. Alison Miller, Erika Leslie. Jane Harcus.
(Brian Leslie)

The Palace Players have taken second place at the SCDA Northern Divisional finals, held in the Birnam Institute over the weekend. The team, who performed Baby Sparklers (Frank Gibbons), directed by Jane Harcus, said they were “over the moon.” They now look forward to performing the play once more at the ...

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