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Flybe unveils its Shetland Community Hero

Leading regional airline to name aircraft after local resident


Flybe and its joint venture partner Eastern Airways are today (24th October 2017) pleased to announce that Sharon Deyell has been selected the first ever Flybe Community Hero for Shetland, deserving special recognition for the positive work she has put in to island life.

There were many potential winners among the numerous nominations received which included sporting stalwarts, drama aficionados and even an ambitious nomination for the entire island of Unst! But it was Sharon who impressed the judges with tales of her selfless volunteer work, community spirit and for being possibly the most organised person on the west side of Shetland.

Sharon will be well known to everybody on the islands who has attended her famous Swap Shops that have been held each year for over a decade, raising thousands of pounds for good causes. She is also a very active presence in the community, in particular with Bixter and Skeld halls.

As part of the special Community Hero recognition she will receive from Flybe and Eastern Airways, Sharon will soon have her very own Eastern Airways plane named after her. For those flying into Shetland, seeing her name could be their first memory of their visit to the highlands and islands, greeting new visitors and old faces as they head to Sumburgh Airport.

Ronnie Matheson, Flybe Interim Chief Commercial Officer said: “It was fantastic to read all of the nominations for Shetland and there were many who would have been very worthy winners but it was Sharon who stood out for her true community spirit. Flybe specialises in connecting and engaging with the places we serve so to find someone who serves their community as much as she does made Sharon a clear winner.”