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BBC Radio Shetland Celebrates the Swan’s 25 years as a Sail Training Vessel

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9 November 2021

To celebrate 25 years since her relaunch, BBC Radio Shetland recently aired a one hour programme about the Swan returning to Shetland in the early 1990s, her restoration and new life as a sail training vessel.

During the summer Jen Stout of Radio Shetland interviewed various people who have been involved with or experienced the Swan over the years. Those interviewed include long standing Swan Trust Trustees, Allister Rendall and Brian Wishart, ex Swan Trust Chair Captain Michael Gray, Musician Chris Stout, a number of previous sail trainees and current Swan Trust Project Officer Sita Goudie.

The resultant programme gives a well rounded picture of the challenges and successes of the Trust over the years, as well as a look forward to the future.

Sita Goudie, said: “We are very grateful to BCC Radio Shetland and, in particular, Jen Stout for taking the time to capture interviews with a number of people to create a wonderful hour long programme charting the Swan’s return to Shetland in the early 1990s, her restoration and new life as a sail training vessel. The Trust is celebrating 25 years since the Swans relaunch but, as this programme highlights, this success is due to the dedication and support of a wide range of people, organisations and funding bodies. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the Trust over the past 25 years, and look forward to working with a range of supporters going forward to the next quarter century.”

Listen to the full programme here

Find out more about the History and Restoration of the Swan.

Find out more about the Swan Trust, its Community and Youth Sail Training work.

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If you like this, you may like our range of personal stories about the Swan:

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