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Historic fishing boats from the Faroe Islands to visit Shetland as part of celebrations to mark the centenary of the Faroese flag

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A flotilla of historic fishing boats from the Faroe Islands – all in all seven – will sail in to Shetland later this month as part of celebrations to mark the centenary of the Faroese flag.

That‘s according to Pressandjournal.co.uk.

The ships – two of which date from 1884 – will visit Lerwick on June 13 and 14, and will be open to the public.

A spokesman said, according to Pressandjournal.co.uk: “Our bonds with Shetland are long-standing and very close, not least through the many aspects we share in our maritime history and heritage.

“While in Lerwick the ships are open to the public so people can visit the seven ships and speak with members of the crew about the ships and the old relationship between Shetland and Faroe Islands.”

The Faroese flag was designed in the Danish capital of Copenhagen in 1919 by Faroese students and was presented to the public in a park to the north of the city.

The 2019 Faroese Flag Flotilla will first visit Denmark, taking in the cities of Århus and Copenhagen, before stopping off in Lerwick on the way back to Faroe.

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