Up Helly Aa fire festival lights up Shetland
- 29 January 2013
- From the section NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland
Shetland's famous annual Up Helly Aa fire festival has been held.
Up Helly Aa is a spectacular event that celebrates Shetland's Viking heritage and culminates with the dramatic burning of a replica Viking galley.
It features a band of latter-day Viking warriors known as the Jarl Squad and attracts visitors from across the world.
The Vikings spend much of the day making public appearances.
The highlight of the event is the evening procession and galley burning.
Strong winds and heavy rain battered almost 1,000 torch-bearing guizers as they marched through the streets to pipe and brass-band music.
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