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Southeasterly storm caused disruption to both Northlink and inter island ferry services. See this Shetland News Article for more information.
The heavy seas associated with the storm caused some damage to the new runway extension at Sumburgh Airport.
First official day of service for the new coastguard Sikorsky S92 search and rescue helicopter.
Scalloway Fire Festival.
Loganair anounced the introduction of a twice weekly air service between Sumburgh and Bergen, from June to August. See this Shetland News Article for more information.
The new S92 Search and Rescue helicopter, G-CGOC ("Oscar Charlie") flew her first mission, to airlift a sick man from an oil platform.
Yell had a Viking invasion, when the Lerwick Up Helly-Aa Jarl Squad visited the Sands of Breckon for an official photo session.
Lerwick Up Helly-Aa. Roy Leask, as Guizer Jarl, portrayed Kol Kalison.
- BP and Marathon announced another oil discovery near to the Foinaven field, west of Shetland.
- Northerly Gales disrupted shipping and forced the cancellation of Northlink Ferry services.
- All schools were closed due to forecast blizzards, which didn't materialize.
8 candidates have been nominated for the Lerwick South by-election on February 28th
Nesting & Girlsta Up Helly-Aa. Jarl Peter Anderson representing Sjovald Sjovldson.
Two Humpback Whales spotted off Bressay. See this article from Shetland Marine News for full details.
Police confirmed that a human thigh recovered in a scallop dredge, off Unst last October, has been identified as belonging to missing Unst man Sandy Macaulay.
See Shetland News Article for full details.
Organic cod farming company 'No Catch' was placed in administration.
- Johnston's Motor Garage, in Aith, was destroyed by a fire.
- The Scottish Crofting Foundation issued a press release, "Crofters' Indigenous Status Report To Be Launched", which will explore whether the Highlanders and Islanders of Scotland should be granted recognition as a United Nations indigenous people and gain in rights of self-determination such a status would confer.
The Shetland Museum and Archives confirmed that the St Ninian's Isle Treasure will return to Shetland for a 3 month exhibition, starting in July, to mark the 50th anniversary of its discovery. See Shetland News Article for details.
Shetland Triathlon Club formed.
The Lerwick South by-election was won by Jonathan Wills.
It was announced that two post offices in Shetland, at Camb in Yell, and Levenwick, have been targeted for closure by Post Office Ltd. as part of a nationwide plan by the government to rationalise rural post office provision.
The Kiln Bar, in Scalloway, hosted a celebrity poker night as their prize for becoming the UK's top poker playing pub, coming 1st of the 500 pubs which took part in a national competition organised by Ladbrokes bookmakers.
The Gerda Saele, a well boat registered in Norway, ran aground in the North Mouth of Lerwick Harbour, but managed to float free on the rising tide without damage.
Consultants hired by the Shetland Community Planning Board announced that the population of Shetland is likely to drop below 20,000 by the year 2030.
14 cars were damaged and one passenger suffered an injured ankle on the Northlink ferry Hrossey, as a result of a heavy roll, while on the way to Lerwick.
The Shetland News celebrates it's 5th anniversary as an on-line newspaper, under the current editorial team of Hans Marter & Pete Bevington.
Bixter hall was packed by people attending a meeting hosted by Sustainable Shetland, a group formed in February to inspire debate in the windfarm project proposed by Viking Energy.
The contract to operate a freight service, with two vessels, between Lerwick and Kristiansund in Norway, was awarded to John White from West Burrafirth. One of the vessels will also sail to Rosyth in Scotland, and Zeebrugge in Belguim. The service is expected to start in November.
New Shetland fishing boat Prolific LK986, launched at Whitby, Yorkshire.
Da Voar Redd Up starts.
Shetland Folklore, and Trows in particular, took a step towards world recognition, with the prospect of Burnt Candle Productions producing a series of short animated films.
- 1st - 4th
28th Shetland Folk Festival.
Shetland Catch announced a return to profit, for financial year 2007/8, following 2 years of losses incurred because of smaller landings of herring and mackerel, as a result of the fish quota payback scheme which was enforced in the wake of investigations into 'Black Fish' landings between 2001 and 2005.
Loganair began a summer-only twice-weekly service to Bergen.
- 7th - 8th
Shetland Classic Motor Show at Clickimin Leisure Centre.
The former Shetland Bus boat "Andholmen", (the boat that was the model for the "Shetland Bus Memorial"), arrived in Scalloway for the first time in more than 60 years.
The Sjøassistanse Bergen to Shetland race starts at Marstein outside Bergen.
Johnsmas Foy starts.
- 19th - 22nd
Flavour of Shetland on Victoria pier.
- Yachts taking part in the 22nd Bergen to Shetland race, in Lerwick.
One of the yachts taking part in the Bergen to Shetland race, the 21ft Paradis, sparked a search by rescue services when it was overdue in Lerwick Harbour, and had failed to make radio contact for 30 hours. See this Shetland Marine News article for the full story.
Launch of new Shetland Museum Sixareen, Vaila Mae.
- A "Declaration of Dependence" was made by Stuart Hill concerning Forewick Holm, of which he claims to be owner, and which he has re-named Forvik Island.
Per Øverås from Vestnes, (Molde SF), with the boat "Tia Maria" became the overall winner of the Shetland - Bergen Races this year.
A full meeting of the Shetland Islands Council voted in favour of building Mareel, the new cinema & music venue.
Exhibition of St Ninian's Isle Treasure opens at Shetland Museum.
MSP Tavish Scott launches his bid to become the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Tesco opened their Lerwick supermarket, in the premises previously occupied by Somerfield.
80th Anniversary of the first cruise ship visit to Lerwick, on 17th July 1928
The first modern age Hnefatafl championship was organized by Peter Kelly and played in Fetlar. The winner and new Grand Master of this Norse Saga era board game was Wendy Sutherland of East Riding, Yorkshire.
Campaign launched to raise money for a new CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen and North) centre in Aberdeen.
Round Spiggie Fun Run and Walk. 440 people took part in the annual fund raising event for Mind Your Head Charity.
Record rainfall of 101.2mm recorded in a 24 hour period on Fair Isle.
Tavish Scott won the election for leadership of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, with 59% of the vote.
The Shetland Food Festival, the first event of its kind, starts.
Flybe take over operation of scheduled air services into Sumburgh Airport.
James W. Irvine was presented the Norwegian St Olav's medal by honorary Norwegian consul John Smith at a ceremony in Lerwick Town Hall.
A Bank of Scotland study concluded Shetland enjoyed the highest quality of life in Scotland. See BBC News article for the full story.