Shetland & Orkney

Shetland & Orkney

200 pay last respects to bomb victim

Friends and family of a Scot killed in an explosion at a bus stop in Jerusalem paid their last respects yesterday during a service to celebrate her life.

Island schools will close

COUNCILLORS in Orkney are to pursue plans which could see the closure of two primaries and the downgrading of a junior secondary.

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Royal wedding row as firemen given day off, not council staff

A COUNCIL has been accused of double standards for refusing to give staff time off for the royal wedding, despite firefighters being granted a holiday.

Extra flights for Shetland

LOGANAIR announced plans to operate extra flights to Shetland this summer in a major boost for the islands' tourism sector.

£35m maritime hub plan

SCAPA Flow could become the base for a floating container port, plans unveiled by maritime experts showed yesterday.

Man takes his own life after siege drama

A WOMAN is recovering in hospital after being rescued by armed police from her home, where her husband was found shot dead.

Man's body found following Orkney firearms incident

POLICE have launched an investigation after a man's body was found in a bedroom at a house in Orkney following a firearms incident.

576 miles in 6 days for ultimate marathon man William Sichel

A RUNNER aged 57 is to challenge Scotland's longest-standing athletic record, set 129 years ago by an Edinburgh printer nicknamed "The Flying Scotsman".

Norses for courses in Shetland study

A NEW study is to further explore the Viking age in Shetland and the influence the Norse settlers had on the island.

Scotland leads way as world turns off lights for Earth Hour

Islanders across Shetland have led an international act of protest against climate change - by simply turning off their lights.

Tomb of the Eagles gives up its dark and bloody secret at last

NEOLITHIC men, women and children buried in Orkney's internationally-famous Tomb of the Eagles suffered serious violence and possibly died of it, according to new research.

Letter: Listen to Shetland

Tavish Scott, in his speech to the Liberal Democrat conference, said: "Local people know what's best for their area, not bureaucrats at Holyrood." How true.

Tory candidate for Holyrood quits city to stand in Orkney

A TORY bidding to become an Edinburgh MSP at the elections in May has resigned his candidacy to go and stand in Orkney instead.

Forget Rome or Paris . . . Shetland's hostel is best

ONE of Scotland's most northerly hostels has been voted the best in Europe and second best in the world.

Protest over coastguard

MORE than 40 people protested outside a coastguard co-ordination centre yesterday in a bid to stop the site being shut down.

Composer leads chorus against 'moronic muzak'

The Master of the Queen's Music has called for a ban on musical mobile phone ringtones.

Missing fisherman's body is recovered

A BODY found in the sea off Shetland has been identified as fisherman Neil Smith.

Orkney fiddler Kristan calls the tune to take title as young musician

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year City Halls, Glasgow

Empty boat found in seach for missing Shetland fisherman

AN EMPTY boat has been found in the search for a missing prawn fisherman from Shetland.

Shetland joins the age of broadband

Work to connect Shetland to the outside world through a broadband fibre-optic telecoms cable has begun.

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