Mike McDonnell

Jonathan Wills is a Shetland councillor who describes himself as 'a recovering journalist'. He got to know Bobby while working as a student reporter on The Shetland Times and later worked closely with him in the early years of BBC Radio Shetland. Later still, Bobby was the inspiration for Jonathan's successful wildlife tour business, Seabirds-and-Seals. Mike McDonnell was the Mid Yell and Fetlar doctor for 25 years, during which time Bobby was one of the boatmen who ferried him between the two islands. Betty Tulloch was the district nurse and the couple were friends and neighbours of Mike and his family. Mike inspired and helped to found the Old Haa heritage centre in Burravoe, which now houses Bobby's photographic archives.

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