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An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale with an epicentre about 200km Northeast of Shetland, was felt by residents of Unst.
A fire in the Malakoff Ltd. premises caused the evacuation of many households and businesses in the area because of fears that an acetylene gas cylinder could explode.
Scalloway Fire Festival.
SIC and Scottish & Southern Energy sign an agreement to create a 200 turbine wind farm in the centre of Shetland. Subject to planning permission and a cable connection to the Scottish mainland.
Lerwick Up Helly-Aa. Graham Nicolson, as Guizer Jarl, portrayed Gunnar Eigilson.
The Elsi Arrub was located drifting about 170 miles from Australia and was towed into Albany.
Bressay Up Helly-Aa. Guizer Jarl, Tam Rowley
Brough Lodge Trust announce plans to refurbish Brough Lodge on Fetlar. The 1820 A Grade mansion was the home of the Nicolson family
The Lerwick Port Authority announced plans to refurbish Harbour House at a cost of approximately £200,000, to provide rented office accommodation. And build new public toilet facilities to the north of the Harbour House, for a further £400,000.
Last ever live gig at The North Star.
The investment of £8M, by SLAP, the trading division of the Charitable Trust, has secured the future of Scatsta Airport for offshore oil traffic.
The Norwegian anchor handling ship Bourbon Dolphin with a crew of 15, turns over while handling an anchor for the platform "Transocean Rather" about 80 miles west of Shetland. Shetland Coastguard helicopters brought 10 persons to Lerwick, among them three dead. The search continued for the five missing crewmen.
The North Star held its last event before closing its doors.
The capsized anchor handling vessel Bourbon Dolphin sank, in roughening seas, at 21:15 HRS, at position 61º 03.53N 003º 48.92 W. The bodies of the 5 missing crew were believed to still be on board.
- 21st & 22nd
Annual Voar Redd Up began, Over 4000 volunteers took part.
A wreath laying ceremony was held on the waters off The Knab to mark the 100th anniversary of the Fishermen's Mission in Lerwick
A "Hollywood Style", Welcome To Northmavine sign is unveiled near Mavis Grind.
The Cabin Museum at Vidlin opened its new larger building.
Election of the Shetland Islands Council.
- Tavish Scott wins in Scottish Election
Chris Hodge Direct Ltd. granted planning permission, at appeal, by Scottish Office for change of use of warehouse at Gremista to retail premises.
- 4th to 6th
The 27th Shetland Folk Festival
Sandra Laurenson replaced Allan Wishart as chief executive of the Lerwick Port Authority, becoming the first female chief executive of a port in the UK.
Shetland Guitar Legend Peerie Willie Johnson died at the age of 86.
Sandy Cluness was returned, uncontested, to the post of Convener of the Shetland Islands Council. Allan Wishart was elected chairman of the infrastructure committee, in a 14 to 8 vote over Frank Robertson, whilst Gussie Angus was elected without contest to the position of chairman of the services committee.
Andrew Halcrow and his yacht Elsi Arrub, re-united when she returned to Shetland.
New Shetland Museum and Archives officially opened by The Duke & Duchess of Rothesay (Charles & Camilla), and Queen Sonja of Norway.
The royal visitors had spent an hour looking round the museum before the opening ceremony.
After the ceremony the Duke and Duchess visited the Sandwick School, while Queen Sonja visited Scalloway and laid a wreath at The Shetland Bus memorial.
Start of Johnsmas Foy
- A monk fish caught off Unst by the Arcturus was found to have been tagged in 2003, 240 miles away off Norway.
Lerwick Lifeboat open day raised over £7000. As part of the event the Yell Sound ferry Dagalien, made 2 sightseeing trips around Bressay. The Dagalien had been provided by SIC ferries for the day because Northlink Ferries would not use one of their ships, as in the past, for this worthwhile fund raising event.
A British WWII mine, found just east of Bardister, in Sullom Voe, was destroyed by a controlled explosion
An announcement was made that Norwegian firm Austevoll Seafood ASA, is to buy 50% of the shares in Shetland Catch. Existing shareholders are also to increase their capital investment in the company.
A 22 year old Shetland motorcyclist was killed in an accident, just north of the South Nesting junction, while on his way to the Simmer Dim Rally at Vidlin.
The revival of the Lerwick Midsummer Carnival was hailed a great success. 17 decorated floats took part in the procession.
The event, which was revived by local businessman Malcolm Younger, raised over £5000 for the Calum Younger REACH Fund, a charity established by Mr Younger in memory of his son, with the aim of helping young Shetlanders achieve their full potential.
Shetland Islands Council Executive Committee agreed to spend £1.2M on the first phase of a new pier at Uyeasound, Unst.
65 strong Shetland team departs for Island Games in Rhodes.
First medal for Shetland at the 2007 Island Games, in Rhodes, is Gold for Claire Wilson in the 1500m.
CHC Scotia took over the Coastguard search and rescue contract from Bristow Helicopters Ltd.
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- The Foula stand-by ferry Ali-Cat, which was taking extra passengers to Foula for a Golden Wedding, touched rocks when leaving Walls in thick fog. She immediately returned to Walls and was lifted out of the water for inspection. Only minor damage was caused.
A man had to be rescued from cliffs at Fitful Head, by helicopter, after falling and suffering serious head and back injuries.
A 56 year old man from Virkie was killed in a motorcycle accident just north of Quarff.
Aly Bain agreed to become patron of the Brough Lodge Trust. The trust is in charge of restoration of the historic building on Fetlar, built by the Nicholson family in 1825.
The largest piece of North Sea junk, an 8800 tonne module from the Frigg field, to be taken to Lerwick for decommissioning, arrived at the SBS Logistics Ltd. base at the Greenhead base on a heavy lift barge.
- Brian Anderson appointed as new chairman of the Lerwick Port Authority.
New Coastguard Rescue helicopter, Sikorsky S92, pays first visit to Sumburgh Airport. The new type of helicopter is due to enter service at Sumburgh on 1st January 2008, following crew training.
Two Atlantic white-sided dolphins died after stranding in Weisdale Voe. The pair had been seen in the voe for nearly a week before they stranded.
Three members of the Rutherford family from Gletness, South Nesting, were in a small boat which capsised while on a fishing trip near their home. All three managed to swim to shore.
Work started on laying a fibre optic communications cable between Maywick, Bigton, and Faroe, as part of a link by Faroe Telecom to Great Britain. The link when completed will give greater bandwidth for broadband services in Shetland.
The Voe Agricultural Show was held, as was the Cunningsburgh & Districts Agricultural Show on the 8th, with the total absence of cattle sheep and goats, as a result of the nationwide stock movements ban imposed after a case of Foot & Mouth Disease was confirmed at a farm near Guildford, Surrey, England on the 2nd.
A lengthy unseasonal downpour, starting in the early hours of the morning and lasting approx 7 hours, caused waterways to overflow and a landslide on a hillside on Foula.
Over 300 entrants took part in the Mind Your Head fun run and walk around Spiggie Loch, raising over £5,000.
- 15th - 18th
60th Interclub Regatta. Unusually the first two days were heavily disrupted by high winds, which saw extensive cancellation of races.
BP confirmed that they had exercised the option to extend for two years, the current contract to land oil from the Schiehallion oil field west of Shetland at Sullom Voe, thereby guaranteeing this work for the local facility from 2008 to 2010.
It was announced that earlier in the week a rare bird, the white-rumped sandpiper had been spotted at the Pool of Virkie. A North American species, of which there have only been nine previous sightings in Shetland, it was presumed to have been blown off course during it's annual migration to northern South America.
- 19th/20th Unseasonally heavy rain affected much of northern and central Shetland. 40mm was recorded at Lerwick Met Office between 9pm and midnight on the 19th. The rain continued until lunchtime on the 20th, causing many waterways to overflow, a house on Fetlar was flooded and had to be pumped out, a landslide occurred near Cott, Weisdale, and the main A970 road on the outskirts and to the north of Lerwick suffered flooding in places. Scatsta Airport were forced to cancel fixed wing movements at 3pm due to flood water affecting 150 metres of runway, although some helicopter flights did continue.
Cullivoe in Yell was awarded "Desginated landing port" status, allowing fishermen whose catch contains in excess of two tonnes of cod, to land there for the first time since restrictions were introduced in 1999.
Bruce Leask appointed Coxwain of Lerwick Lifeboat, a crew member for eight years, and Second Coxwain for the latter three, he replaces Neil Clark who has stood down due to work commitments.
Delting FC beat Yell FC 6 - 1, to win the Parish Cup.
- Shetland Womens football teams won their inter-county games against Orkney. The A team won 12 - 1, and the B team won 12 - 2.
The Shetland School of Nautical Studies, at the NAFC Marine Centre, in Scalloway, welcomed 24 new students for it's cadet training programme.
The 12m Norwegian yacht Blaatur, Captain Morten Wold, visited Lerwick harbour on it's way home to Oslo after a 3 year, round the world, voyage.
Shetland's first Film Festival, a 4 day event, started.
Delting FC beat Whitedale FC 5 - 1, to win the county shield.
Belmont House, in Unst, won a prestigious architectural award from the London based Georgian Group.
A teenager, aged 18, was killed in a single vehicle road accident, on the South Road in Lerwick.
Two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, died in a car crash, in the Lang Kames.
The Smyril Line ferry Norrona was damaged by heavy seas off the coast of Norway, whilst en route for Torshavn in Faroe. Waves of up to 12m hit the vessel, and engine power was reduced for a while. During the incident the vessel listed up to 42 degrees and several cars were damaged when a trailer unit broke free of its lashings. When power was restored the Norona headed to Lerwick for inspection, and repairs to a 20cm breach in the hull, below the water line, caused when one of the stabilisers broke loose.
The Norrona arrived for an unscheduled stop in Lerwick for repairs to storm damage.
A drug courier from Liverpool was jailed for 5 years and 3 months at Lerwick Sheriff court for trying to smuggle Heroin worth £25,000 into Shetland on a Northlink Ferry, in September.
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The new seine net boat "Radiant Star" LK71, skipper Victor Laurenson, arrived in Hamnavoe, Burra.
Cecil Eunson, SIC Councillor for Lerwick South, died aged 78.