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Man jailed following fireworks incident

A 48-year-old man has been jailed for six months after setting off fireworks in Broad Street, Kirkwall, on Saturday, December 30. Norman Wood has admitted to culpable and reckless behaviour, following the incident, seen below. Norman Wood, 48, jailed for six months after admitting culpable and reckless behaviour after setting fireworks off in #Kirkwall on […]

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Vote for your sporting performance of 2017

As the Orkney Sports Awards edge ever closer, this year will see another award added to the mix. With the shortlist announced in The Orcadian this week, twenty-eight individuals and teams, covering nine categories are in contention for awards on Friday, January 19 at Kirkwall Grammar School. This year however, will see another award up […]

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Orkney Sports Awards shortlist announced

Three of Orkney’s top female athletes are in the running for the prestigious Sportsperson of the Year Award, as the 2017 Orkney Sports Award shortlist is announced. In what is arguably the strongest Sportsperson of the Year shortlist since the awards returned, Anna Tait, Sarah MacPhail and Hannah Beaven are in contention to pick up […]

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In this week’s edition of The Orcadian

This week’s front page features the news that Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd has decided to centralise air traffic control across their network of airports from a destination yet to be decided. According to HIAL, however, there will be no immediate changes to their operations at Kirkwall Airport. The front page also includes a photo […]

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Reminder to Orkney folk to get the flu jab

Folk in Orkney who are entitled to free flu vaccinations through the NHS are being reminded to get immunised this winter. Conservative MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston has issued the reminder, saying there are particular worries this year about the prevalence of new strains of the flu virus, making it more important than ever for people […]

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Short-term car park closure in Kirkwall

The Waterfront West/Shapinsay slip car park in Kirkwall will be closed off for a short period tomorrow evening, Wednesday, this week as work continues as part of the council’s flood prevention scheme. The latest stage of the scheme will see testing of floodgates in the vicinity. As a result, the Waterfront West/Shapinsay slip car park […]

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Sky Notes: observations on occultations

Two recent occultations by the Moon of the bright stars Aldebaran and Regulas took place recently. Observed by Rousay-based astronomer and weather watcher John Vetterlein, full details are on the Northern Skies blog, here.    

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McArthur seeks end to extra charge on energy bills

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today renewed calls to end what he described as an “extra charge on energy bills in the North of Scotland”. The extra charge refers to the 2p-per-unit surcharge for consumers across the North of Scotland and Islands which, according to an analysis by the energy regulator Ofgem, results on average […]

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Police appeal after car damaged

Police in Kirkwall are appealing for information after a car was damaged sometime over the New Year period. According to police, the white Audi was damaged sometime between December 31 and January 2, while it was parked on Great Western Road Car Park in Kirkwall. Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to […]

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Road closures in Kirkwall

Road users in Kirkwall are being advised of some road traffic management to enable Scottish Water to carry out important repair work on manholes. Work is to be carried out for Scottish Water by local contractors D.S. Nicolson in the Union Street-Junction Road area of the town from Monday, January 8, until Monday, January 15. […]

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