A man from Northern Ireland was found guilty of cheating on the Shetland Country Music Club.

Promoter James McGarrity was sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence at Dungannon Magistrates Court for appearing with country star Hal Ketchum in 2013 through the club in the Shetland Islands, although the musician did not agree on the islands to play.

The concert was announced after Club McGarrity paid in advance, but it soon became known that Ketchum was not touring the UK, the "concert" was pulled and the tickets returned.

The country club, which did not want to comment on the court ruling, got its money back.


The oil flows from the Mariner Field 95 miles east of the Shetland Islands.

It is expected that more than 300 million barrels of crude oil will be extracted from the field over the next three decades.

Mariner is described by the operator Equinor as one of the largest industrial projects in the UK in recent years.

"With the launch of Mariner, we delivered one of the most complex developments in North Sea and Equinor's portfolio," said Anders Opedal, executive vice president of technology, projects and drilling.

"We will continue to use digital solutions and new technologies to ensure safe and efficient operation and optimize production."


The Lerwick shopping week this year was celebrated as a success. Some shopkeepers reported an increase in local customers.

The event took place in parallel with Shetland Boat Week earlier this month. A number of events and offers were available to the public.

These included live music, make-up, a 5km race and a performance of the Alice Theater Group on Commercial Street.

Living Lerwick Project Leader Emma Miller said, "I've talked to a few business owners who said they were busy last week and noticed an increase in local customers."

"That's very encouraging. Local shopping is the only way to keep our local businesses alive, to continue to provide local services, to keep money in our own local economy, and to maintain our low unemployment rate. "