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The First Minister of Scotland and the First Minister of Shetland Wool


We are proud to represent one of Shetlands traditional industries, this means occasionally we get some unusual visitors to our shop, yesterday this was the case when we got a visit from the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon!


For our international readers the First Minister is Scotland’s head of government, Nicola Sturgeon is also the leader of the SNP party so she was in Shetland on the Campaign trail for the upcoming election. Its always important to show these kinds of visitors what we do here at J&S and the effort we make to sustain the Shetland Wool Clip, we can feel a bit isolated sometimes from the effects of Mainland Politics but Nicola was very interested to see the kinds of things we make up here.




Of course Oliver gave her a tour of the Woolstore and Showroom as well as the Shop, we forget as we are here everyday but the first time you come in the shop and see the walls full of Shetland wool it really is like a sweetie shop! As always we felt proud of what we do here at J&S and no matter your political views it was exciting to have a visit from our First Minister.

All photos here by Scott Goudie, our resident photographer (oh and he works in the wool store)

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jen #

    But is she a knitter??!

    April 5, 2016
  2. She bought some yarn for her Mam!

    April 5, 2016
  3. It is great to see a politician take the time to visit a business that is so important to Shetland, and or course knitters!

    April 5, 2016
  4. Susan #

    OH, The SNP First Minister!!! How wonderful that she came and got the Gold Star Tour…YEA

    April 5, 2016
  5. Mary mortimer #

    Wonderful to see where my wool comes from. Been using it for years. Hope to visit one day.

    April 6, 2016
  6. Maureen Anderson #

    Great photo’s

    April 6, 2016
  7. Is that a fleece beanbag she’s sitting on? Do you sell those? It looks so comfy 🙂

    April 7, 2016
  8. annie #

    Lovely to see the First Minister visiting Shetland and especially Jamiesons, I have knitted with your wool for over 40 years and its my dream to visit the shop one day, as you say, it is just like a sweetie shop for knitters. My husband goes to your shop for my wool or I get it by mail from your lovely ladies. The nearest Ive been is the photos my husband sends on his phone of your window displays. Last year I knitted all my lady friends and family Shetland haps for Christmas so Ive emailed them your forward so they too see where their shawls came from. Thanks so much for making such wonderful yarn.

    April 9, 2016

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