Archive for June, 2017

Orkney and Shetland bands join forces for Musical Feast

A stellar line-up Orkney and Shetland bands are to come together in the West Mainland  later tomorrow for a fundraising mini-festival. Tomorrow, Saturday, brings Orkney Live Wire and Heavy Metal Buffet’s Musical Feast — a selection of folk, rock and hip hop treats — to the Standing Stones Hotel, in Stenness. Kicking off at 2pm, the collaboration […]

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Orkney’s young people speak up at local Youth Forum launch

Today saw the launch of a new youth forum in the county which will allow young people to share their views and ideas with Orkney Islands Council (OIC) and other organisations. The Orkney Youth Forum was launched today at the OIC offices, in Kirkwall. The forum has come into existence through the work of a […]

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Police called to beach after car leaves road

The emergency services were called to an area near the Broch of Gurness yesterday afternoon,Thursday, after a car left the road and ended up on the beach. According to the police, the incident was reported to them just before 2pm and the female driver of the blue Ford Fiesta involved, was uninjured in the accident. […]

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Going Dutch at Kirkwall Marina

Kirkwall Marina has had a very Dutch feel about it this week as 16 sailing vessels, and over 50 crew, visited Orkney while taking part in an international sailing event. The crew of the 16 yachts, which range in size from 30 feet to just over 50 feet, were taking part in the biannual North […]

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Orkney footballers win battle of the Northern Isles in Gotland

The Hellewell brothers put Shetland to the sword this evening, as Orkney beat their Northern Isles rivals 3-1. While on paper, this match was to decide who finished ninth or tenth in the Island Games, to all those here in Gotland, and those on the two respective island groups, it meant so much more — […]

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New writing club launching in Shapinsay

The first meeting of a brand new writing club in Shapinsay is to take place this Saturday, July 1. The club has been set up by island resident, Kate Fereday Eshete to help people improve their writing, whether they are writing fiction or non-fiction, for online or print. A series of events will be held […]

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Carmichael calls for equal investment across rural digital infrastructure

MP for the Northern Isles, Alistair Carmichael, has called on the UK Government to match the additional support it is giving to Northern Ireland, in other rural areas. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr. Carmichael said he had been glad to hear that the people of Northern Ireland are to benefit from another £150 […]

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Council expresses sympathy after road worker killed

The flag over the council offices, in Kirkwall, is flying at half-mast today as a mark of respect for Keith Johnston, a long-serving member of the Council’s roads team who was tragically killed while working yesterday morning. Mr Johnston died following an accident involving a council-owned lorry, while works were being carried out on a […]

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Man killed in West Mainland traffic accident named

The man killed in yesterday morning’s traffic accident, on a stretch of road near Twatt, has been named locally as Dounby man Keith Johnston. It is understood Mr Johnston, a council worker, was part of a road maintenance team and the vehicle involved was a council-owned lorry, also involved in the road works.    

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Name released following Yesnaby tragedy

Police have confirmed the name of the man who sadly died after falling from cliffs at Yesnaby on Monday, he was tour guide Jamie Shannon from the Stirling area. Police added: “Enquiries continue into the 23-year-old’s death, however there are no suspicious circumstances. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Jamie at this […]

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