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  • First lady of the sea to receive royal welcome!

    First lady of the sea to receive royal welcome!

    70 Union Jacks and around 180 schoolchildren part of HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations


    Passengers from the Ambassador Cruise Line’s first lady of the sea “Ambience” will be treated to a spectacular sight during their Orkney visit as part of the county’s Platinum Jubilee 70th anniversary celebrations for our own first lady of Great Britain, HM the Queen.

    13 May 2022

  • Occasional Licence - Brian Clouston - Firth Community Centre - Orkney Folk Festival Concert

    The Orkney Islands Area Licensing Board has received an application for occasional licence from Brian Clouston for Firth Community Centre.

    12 May 2022

  • Islanders’ Know Their Marine Environment

    Islanders’ Know Their Marine Environment

    The Council’s Marine Planning team has completed the first phase of island visits to discuss marine planning in Orkney. 

    Between mid April and early May 2022, the team visited Stronsay, Hoy, Sanday and Westray, holding two public sessions on each island. The team visited schools to help pupils learn about marine issues and to hear the views of young people.


    12 May 2022

  • Islands Recovery Community Network launches

    Islands Recovery Community Network launches

    An opportunity has arisen for people in Orkney who are in recovery from drug dependency to join a growing online community.

    The group was set up by those in recovery in the Western Isles and includes those in recovery from Shetland too.

    Dependency and harmful use of substances can lead to people becoming socially isolated, and becoming part of a recovery community can help to address the issues related to this harmful isolation people are suffering from.

    09 May 2022

  • Norwegian Constitution Day 2022 programme

    Orkney’s special friendship with Norway will be celebrated this Tuesday (17 May) when the annual Norwegian Constitution Day takes place.

    The day will begin at 10:30 with a Remembrance service at the Norwegian war graves in St Olaf's Cemetery. Transport will be provided, courtesy of Stagecoach, for official guests from Kirkwall Pierhead to the cemetery at 10:00.

    At 12:00 the Tog will set off from the Kirkwall Pierhead to the Market Green, led by members of the Kirkwall City Pipe Band, Norwegian visitors, school children and any members of the public who would like to join in.

    09 May 2022

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