Police Scotland has confirmed that the pedestrian in collision with a silver coloured Mini Cooper car last Tuesday morning has died. The accident was on the main road into Lerwick, within the 40 miles per hour limit, it leads on to Gremista Road. The pedestrian, named by the police as Martin Gray, aged 59 with an address in Lerwick, was first treated in the Gilbert Bain Hospital before being airlifted to the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The endorsement of the Islands (Scotland) Bill, published today by the Scottish Parliament's Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, follows the evidence session held last September. At that evidence session there were calls by representatives of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles for the Islands Bill to contain a commitment from the Scottish government to "undo the damage" of centralisation and its "one-size-fits-all approach". That has been taken up again today by Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur who said that the Islands Bill must "undo the damage" of centralisation and a one-size-fits-all approach.
The first of the early forecasts for the Lerwick Up Helly Aa day, are now becoming available, although any forecast for Shetland a week ahead has a high chance of changing considerably.