Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Another Needing Residents

One of our readers responded to yesterday's Fair Isle appeal for new residents to voice concerns for the eighth largest of the Shetland group, Papa Stour. The population has slumped from a 19th Century high of 360 to either just above or below single figures. There are residencies waiting for occupants. The island's heyday for numbers was when there was a demand for herring, but no refrigeration. Consequently the processing plants had to be close to the fishing-grounds. The pier now awaits arrivals; the airstrip functions; the school mothballed; the church intact.

Scottish Islands Explorer - encourages settlers as well as explorers

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