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Shetland claim first blood in Junior Inter-County

Orkney were defeated by 104 points to 90 by Shetland in the athletics on Sunday, the first event of the 2011 Junior Inter-County. Despite narrowly losing, Orkney put in a good performance, with many personal bests achieved, and can take a lot of positives from the encounter. Next up for Orkney is the football fixture, due to […]

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Archaeologists due back on the Brough of Deerness this week

Archaeologists are due to return to the Brough of Deerness tomorrow, Monday, for the third season of excavations on the rocky islet. An excavation team, led by Dr James Barrett, of the University of Cambridge’s McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, will be back on the Brough on Monday, June 20, finishing, six weeks, later on […]

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Junior Inter-County challenge for Orkney

Orkney and Shetland go head to head this weekend in the annual Junior Inter-county fixture. The Orkney contingent travelled north on Saturday night, aiming to level the score and win the Stuart Cup for the first time since 2007. This year’s contest begins with athletics, on Sunday, and will be followed by football and netball. The […]

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Marking Armed Forces Day

Orkney Islands Council’s Armed Forces Day celebrations began in Kirkwall on Saturday, with the  raising of the Armed Forces Day flag outside the St Magnus Cathedral at midday. Broad Street was closed to traffic until 5.30pm as there were a number of activities laid on by local organisations. 71 Engineer regiment (V) constructed and displayed […]

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Public asked to avoid Backaskaill shellfish until further notice

Orkney Islands Council’s environmental health service is advising the public that, until further notice, shellfish collected from Sanday’s Backaskaill Bay should not be eaten. Monitoring work carried out by the OIC has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in shellfish from the location. Commercial shellfish harvesters in the affected areas have been contacted […]

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Sanday hosts 2011 North Isles Sports

The North Isles Sports tournament was due to go ahead in Sanday on Saturday. Sanday swept the boards at the annual tournament last year, held in Westray, winning the Schools Cup, Millennium Cup, and the Senior Challenge Cup. The island did not win all the silverware, however, with Westray claiming the tug of war shield […]

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Sanday pupils’ end-of-term art exhibition

Sanday School’s summer end-of-term exhibition will be taking place in the school art room next week. Members of the public are invited to come along and see the work of the school’s design and art students from Tuesday, June 21, to Thursday, June 23, between 9.30am and 3.30pm (9.30am – 1.30pm on Thursday).

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Norwegian ambassador opens Centre for Nordic Studies

The Centre for Nordic Studies was officially opened on Friday afternoon, by Norway’s Ambassador to the Court of St James’s. His Excellency Mr Kim Traavik unveiled the plaque at the Kiln Corner centre in Kirkwall, in the presence of guests, the centre’s director, Dr Donna Heddle, Orkney College UHI principal, Dr Bill Ross and the […]

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VAO picks up business excellence award

The hard work and dedication of staff at Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) has been honoured at the Scottish Awards for Business Excellence. Staff at the Kirkwall-based business celebrated success in the “Committed to Excellence” category. Their success recognised the organisation maintaining a consistent high level of “best practice” quality procedures within the scope of its […]

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Midsummer arts festival gets under way

Orkney’s annual festival of the arts gets under way today, Friday. As usual, the St Magnus International Festival, which runs until June 23, is bringing a host of  events to the county. Music, drama, literature and more are billed for this year’s programme, which takes its subtitle, The Isle is Full of Noises. In addition, this is the […]

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