Viking squad on a Shetland beach
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Vikings prepare for Up Helly Aa fire festival

Up Helly Aa, the biggest event in Shetland's long dark winter, has begun.

About 1,000 men will parade through the streets of Lerwick before burning a replica Viking longship.

Hundreds of visitors have arrived in the islands for the event.

BBC Scotland's John Johnston reports from the fire festival in the Shetland Islands.

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