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Peebles crowned Sevens champions

Pictured alongside Stephen Kemp (left) and Charlie Kemp (right) of sponsors Orkney Builders Contractors Ltd, Peebles won a first Sevens title since 2008.

The sun shone on the Orkney Rugby Sevens yesterday afternoon as Peebles won a first Sevens title since 2008, beating Orkney 19-0. In the end 11 teams entered the competition after Caithness pulled out and it was Orkney — comprising of current members of the First XV and Under-23 player …

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Orkney plays host to Sportscotland conference

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A conference bringing together performance sport’s service providers and partners in the Highlands and Islands local authorities gets under way at the Pickaquoy Centre today, Saturday. The sportscotland institute of sport for Highlands and Islands will join the decision-makers and strategists for sport delivery in Orkney, Shetland, and Western Isles …

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The Battle of Jutland, Scapa Flow and the war at sea . . .

Part of the summer exhibition at the Orkney Museum is this portrait of The photo attached is a portrait of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, which has loaned to the museum by the Jellicoe family.

Today, Saturday, sees the opening of the Orkney Museum’s summer exhibition – The Battle of Jutland, Scapa Flow and the War at Sea. The exhibition –  part of a county-wide series of exhibitions and events to commemorate the Battle of Jutland and the loss of HMS Hampshire – looks at not …

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Two cruise ships due on Saturday

Two large cruise liners are due in Kirkwall on Saturday. The MSC Splendida, which has a passenger capacity of 3300, and the AIDAvita are both due in Kirkwall, with one, the MSC Splendida due to be alongside at Hatston, and the other at anchor in Kirkwall Bay. Passengers from the …

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31st Challenge Cup set to break from tradition

The winners of the 30th Kirkwall Ladies' Challenge Cup, Kirkwall Ladies.

In an exciting prelude to the domestic hockey season, the 31st annual Kirkwall Ladies’ Challenge Cup is set to take place this weekend. However, in a break from tradition from its usual Sunday slot, the competition is due to go ahead on Saturday afternoon, with a mixed tournament set to …

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Twelve teams to compete in ever-popular Rugby Sevens

Stewart's Melville won the 2015 Sevens competition but, with the Edinburgh side unable to defend their trophy, leaving 12 sides with the opportunity to win the cup.

One of the highlights of the local sporting calendar is set to take place this weekend as the 49th annual Orkney Rugby Sevens is due to go ahead on Saturday afternoon. This year’s competition, sponsored by Orkney Builders Contractors Ltd, promises the usual mix of teams, including those from near …

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All set for ‘Laldie Haans’ festival

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Orkney’s first craft festival gets under way today, Friday. Laldie Haans is bringing together a diverse range of professional craftspeople and artisans for a three-day event of workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions. Hands-on participation is the main theme, with festival organisers encouraging anyone who’d like to try out a variety of …

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Faroese missionary ship visits Orkney

The Juvel II in Stromness Harbour.
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A Faroese missionary ship has arrived in Stromness Harbour, making the first return trip to the islands for four years. The Juvel II is the former Danish patrol vessel Agdlek Y386. She was built in Svendborg, Denmark, in 1974, and served in the waters around Faroe and Greenland. In 1977, …

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This week’s edition of The Orcadian is now available from all the usual outlets and online here. Inside this week: • ‘A time for cool heads’ – OIC chief executive on the £10m funding shortfall facing the local authority. • Full details of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report into the loss …

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Road Policing team record 34 offences during Orkney visit

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Police Scotland’s Divisional Road Policing Team detected 34 offences during their five-day visit to Orkney last week. The offences included 9 insurance offences, 5 speeding offences, 1 mobile phone offence and 3 licensing offences. A further 33 warnings were also issued and a total of 11 vehicles were removed from …

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Recycling pickup disruption

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Orkney Islands Council is advising people in waste collection areas One and Six that the recycling collection today, Monday, is disrupted due to intermittent high winds. Areas affected by the recycling disruption are East Holm, Deerness, Tankerness and the Sunnybank and Hatston areas. These residents are advised to put their …

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‘Rocket Science’ reaches Orkney

KGS pupils Jasmine Hall and Rachael Evans with their seeds.

School pupils across Orkney are getting the chance to plant seeds that have been in space for six months. Rocket Science is a nationwide project that sees pupils from around 10,000 UK schools compare the germination of the space seeds to seeds that have remained on earth. It is being …

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Visit our motors section to see vehicles available for sale in Orkney here!

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