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From the Islands of Scotland…

Posted on 13 Dec 2006 by .
Crawford Telfer on location in Shetland

What a joy for our Scottish Programmes Director to be working on his native soil!

Shetland and Edinburgh were the locations for two half hour documentaries being produced for UCB Television for airing on their satellite stations. ‘We need something with a Scottish flavour’ said John Green – UCB’s Director of Programmes. ‘We want to build up our audience north of the border’.

So CTA got the job of making the two testimony-based programmes featuring Eddie Watt, a Loganair pilot working in the Shetlands, and John Wilson, a missionary CTA had filmed way back in the 80’s when he was translating the Bible for the Yali people of Irian Jaya (now called Western Papua).


Pilot Eddie - a well known figure on the islandShetlanders consider themselves more Norwegian than Scottish. Their history goes a long way back to the Danish, then the Norwegians, with the Scots arriving on the scene much later. 22,000 people live there. Many are incomers from England. One such couple we filmed arrived on the small island of Papa Stour as hippies over 30 years ago. Today Sabina and Andy Holtbrook are still there, running a rehabilitation centre for those dependent on drugs. Pilot Eddie is a well-known figure in these parts – and as a native Shetlander, has never been lured away to the glamour of long haul flying on Jumbos – and you can see why. He and his family are an established part of the community, where relationships are more important than being wealthy. The church plays an important part in their lives – and for some years Eddie flew with Mission Aviation Fellowship in Kenya. For the past 9 years he has been flying Loganair’s Islander over some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The week that we spent with him and his family has resulted in a programme which reveals something of the life and history of this often forgotten part of the UK.