Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Lerwick Up Helly Aa

It was a fine night for the second fire festival of 2012, Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Dry and clear, but a little on the windy side which meant that squads and spectators had an eye watering experience as around 1000 paraffin soaked torches, carried by the Jarl Squad and all the supporting squads, wound their way around King Harald Street and St Olaf Street before the galley entered the park for the burning. It was pretty spectacular though!

We managed to find a grand stand view directly over looking the site of the burning and had a great night.


Impressive uniforms as always. I particularly liked the twisted handles on the battle axes that were on their backs, sorry no pics.



Just in case any one wondered why some call it transvestite tuesday...


Some luscious lashes...


Everyone was ready to party...







 
Sadly all the hard work that has gone into the galley has to go up in smoke as the torches are flung into the galley at the end of the procession.


 Here's a video from The Shetland Times of the finale, there are more on youtube of the whole event...



And fireworks flew over head as the crowds started to dissipate...


For most the night had only just begun, but for me it was time for a hot chocolate and bed!

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