January 3, 2020
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Happy New Year! Another year has come around and another decade marches in. New Year is a time of hope, but it’s also a time for reflection and looking back on all that’s passed. It can be a chance to make resolutions, to wipe the slate clean but also to remember friends and loved ones who are no longer with us. I try not to make resolutions, as I never seem to keep them past February. If you do make resolutions, or would like to make changes, then Alex Garrick-Wright has some ideas to help inspire you.

January is also the month that Up-Helly-A’ season kicks off, starting in Scalloway on the 10th. This issue includes behind-the-scenes access to preparations for Shetland’s largest celebration, the Lerwick Up-Helly-A’. Best of luck to Liam Summers and his squad, I hope you have a fantastic day!

For me, this has to be the most difficult editorial I’ve had to write, as it’s my last. It is with a very heavy heart that I have decided to leave Shetland Life after 12 months in post. I have loved editing the magazine, and feel incredibly privileged – if daunted – to have stood in the shoes of editors like JR Nicolson who founded the magazine back in 1981, before I was even a twinkle in my dad’s eye. It is also with great sadness that this will also be the last issue of Shetland Life.

Over the years Shetland Life has come to mean so much to so many. It has been a place to get lost in Shetland’s rich culture, history and community. It has been an invaluable resource not just for the readers, but for visitors, budding young writers and researchers alike.

I couldn’t write this without thanking all the readers and contributors who have given up their time to be interviewed, write features and offer feedback and advice, not just since I took over, but since the magazine’s conception in the early 80s. Without you, the magazine would never have had such a rich flavour and diverse content.

A huge thanks must also go to all our readers who have supported Shetland Life over the years – thank you.

Wishing everyone all the best for the coming year.