Up Helly Aa fire festival held in Shetland
Shetland's spectacular Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival has been held in Lerwick.
About 1,000 men paraded through the streets before burning their replica Viking galley.
Hundreds of visitors arrived in the islands for the annual event.
This year's Guizer Jarl - festival leader - Mark Evans led his squad of latter day warriors, which included a number of relatives all the way from Brisbane in Australia.
Mr Evans portrayed the warrior Solmund Sigurdsson of Tonsberg.
The festival is a descendant of the ancient feast of Yule - which the Vikings held to celebrate the rebirth of the sun.
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