Friday, 1 March 2013

It's all Mareel's fault

As someone who has been a supporter of Mareel for many years, firstly as a local musician then as Shetland Arts’ Music Development Officer, I’ve seen the project being blamed for all manner of local ills. School closures, cutbacks in road gritting, music tuition charges - you name it, Mareel is a convenient scapegoat. A low point for me was a boozed up young chap literally frothing at the mouth as he issued me with a string of insults about how he and his girlfriend couldn’t get a council house - all down to Mareel, apparently.