All eyes on Orkney as Jutland commemorations get under way

Preparations for the Battle of Jutland ceremony taking place this morning, Monday.
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Prime Minister David Cameron, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Princess Royal and the German president, Joachim Gauck, are among the dignatories in Orkney today to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. The events get under way with a special service of commemoration at St Magnus Cathedral, which will …

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Duke of Edinburgh to miss Jutland events following medical advice

Buckingham Palace have confirmed that Prince Philip will not be attending the Battle of Jutland commemoration ceremonies here in Orkney. A spokesman for the Royal Family said: “Following doctors advice the Duke of Edinburgh has reluctantly decided not to attend the commemorative events marking the Battle of Jutland taking place …

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Flotta bin collection change

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Orkney Islands Council is advising residents of Flotta that the collection of bins will still be taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, but will be carried out later in the day. Due to a revised timetable, in place because of the Battle of Jutland commemorations, the collections will take aplce between 12.15pm …

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Rehearsals take place on Kirk Green

Preparations for the Battle of Jutland ceremony taking place this morning, Monday.
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Dress rehearsals have been taking place in front of St Magnus Cathedral this morning, in preparation for the Battle of Jutland commemorations which take place tomorrow, both in Kirkwall and in Lyness. Events in Kirkwall, including the service itself, will be broadcast live by BBC television and shown on big …

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HMS Bulwark arrives in Kirkwall

HMS Bulwark arriving alongside Hatston Pier.
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  In preparation for the commemorative events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland, the flagship of the Royal Navy, HMS Bulwark, arrived alongside Hatston Pier last night, Sunday, after sailing round from Scapa Flow. As previously reported, several ships of the British and German navies are …

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Road closures and parking restrictions

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Motorists are reminded that road closures and parking restrictions that will be put in place around Kirkwall for tomorrow’s Battle of Jutland commemorations. The events get under way with a special service of commemoration at St Magnus Cathedral, which will be attended by relatives of those who served at sea during …

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Cathedral window damage will not impact Jutland commemorations

The inspection of the window in the South Transept of St Magnus Cathedral under way on Sunday.

An inspection has been carried out at St Magnus Cathedral after a small piece of masonry fell from above the South Transept door late on Saturday night. This, said Orkney Islands Council, showed that the remaining stone is sound. The curved piece of sandstone formed part of the surround of a …

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Put your bins out early please . . .

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Orkney Islands Council is asking households and businesses on the Monday refuse collection route in central Kirkwall to put their bins out for collection half an hour earlier than usual tomorrow, Monday. This is to help with preparations for the Battle of Jutland commemorations the following day. Darren Richardson, Orkney …

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Rysa takes Open Stage trophy

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Today’s open stage competition saw local group Rysa take the top spot, with Freddy Pretorius and instrumental trio Mirka taking the runner-up positions. The event took place in the Stromness town hall this morning as part of the Orkney Folk festival. There were a total of 11 entrants to the competition …

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Late sailing scheduled for Battle of Jutland visitors

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NorthLink Ferries has scheduled a later sailing to accommodate those attending Tuesday’s Battle of Jutland commemorative events in county. The 4.45pm sailing from Stromness to Scrabster will depart one hour later than timetabled, with the return sailing from Scrabster leaving at 8.00pm. Stuart Garrett, managing director, said: “The Battle of …

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Orcadian poet featured on Radio 4

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A piece of work by an Orcadian poet will feature on BBC Radio tomorrow, Sunday. Dr Olive Ritch was born and brought up in Stromness and now lives in Aberdeen. Her poem, The Hand Game, is included in Radio 4’s programme Poetry Please, which is broadcast at 4.30pm tomorrow and …

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Naval visitors start arriving in the county

HMS Kent is due to arrive in the county on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of Tuesday’s Battle of Jutland commemorations, vessels from the UK and German navies have started arriving in the county. Eight P2000 patrol boats arrived yesterday, Friday, with four at Scapa and four in Stromness. Tomorrow, Sunday, the Federal German Navy Frigate Schleswig-Holstein will take up position in Gutter Sound, …

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First images from Hampshire ROV survey released

Stern of the vessel showing the portside bronze propeller. The rudder lies on the seabed. The starboard propeller was previously salvaged. (Roving Eye Enterprises Ltd.)

The first images from an archaeological survey of the wreck of HMS Hampshire have been released. Carried out by the Archaeology Institute UHI, in partnership with Seatronics, Teledyne RESON, Roving Eye Enterprises Ltd and Triscom Marine Ltd, the work offers new information and data concerning the wreck and provides insights …

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Council launch new road safety plan

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Orkney Islands Council has published the new road safety plan for the next four years. The Road Safety Strategy 2016 – 2020 sets out how the OIC, along with partner agencies, will achieve the targets set out by the Scottish Government for improving road safety. The strategy aims to reduce …

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