A Lerwick legend

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After over 100 years in business, one of Shetland’s best known operators will close its doors at the end of the summer season. Jonathan Welch visited to hear the history of the respected family firm

When I first arranged my trip to Shetland, I had no idea that the operator profile I was intending to write would take on the form of a retrospective as the company prepares for its final, now doubtless quiet, summer season. Leasks of Lerwick is a well known name, in Shetland, in Scotland, and across the wider UK coaching community, with over a hundred years of history behind it.

Just a few weeks after my visit, owners Peter and Andrew Leask would announce that following the loss of some local service contracts, and with prospects for the summer season looking poor, the time has come to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

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