Saturday, 11 January 2014

Scalloway Fire Festival, first of the year...

It's that time of year again where the Vikings invade Shetland. Today is the first fire Festival of the year in Scalloway a lovely day for the day time procession , though I had to work the morning I still I got a few photos of the galley Eiluj before the burning...





Beren had been so excited that he would see the Jarl Squad today with Guiser Jarl Guttorm (the Gruesome) Hart leading them.  At 6.30am this morning he came into our bedroom singing The Galley Song and talking about it. One of his class mates was in it too, so I think he was a bit jealous of the cool uniforms. 

Here's a few photos from The Shetland Times of the day's events...

Photo by Dave Donaldson, courtesy of Shetland Times

Photo by Kenneth Shearer, courtesy of Shetland Times

Photo by Kenneth Shearer, courtesy of Shetland Times

Photo by Dave Donaldson, courtesy of Shetland Times

Despite a few drops of rain earlier the night cleared up beautifully for the procession...




And the burning...



For once by good fate I was at the Scalloway Hall to report on the nights events  as the 12 squads strutted their stuff for the entertainment of all, so after a quick 'Hello' at a friends house I headed over to the hall to join in the all night revelry there.

The Cullivoe Band were excellent and didn't seem to flag at all keeping people on the floor all night long between the squad acts.


The acts were hilarious and I was so impressed by the time and effort that had obviously gone into choreography and sets. As usual some were pretty close to the bone, but that makes them all the more amusing.

Miss Scalloway stripped the Miss Shetland title off her competitors and won a well needed extra large box of Veet...


It's all a glow...


Small expectations exceeded expectations...


And kept everyone spell bound.


Amusingly this year's Jarl had had to shave his luscious locks and beard for an off shore contract, which at the last moment was cancelled. How embarrassing for a Jarl to have a close cropped beard!


Creative choreography...


Murder and mayhem...


And of course amusing stories of the year. The DLO made the national news by laying white lines down over a road killed polecat...


It was a great night with 12 fantastic squad acts that finished around 3.30am. I can't remember the last time I was up at that time! And the hostesses at the hall were amazing, deserving of medals no doubt. At that time in the morning they were scrubbing the kitchen down as well as keeping the food and drink flowing for the late night survivors. Thanks to all involved. I hope to return next year with Clare and Beren for a dance and a drink, though I may not see it through until the end...

3 comments:

  1. Kevin, thanks for posting these lovely images. Great coverage. Hope you are going to do the same for the fire festivals throughout the isles!!! Just kidding. John.

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  2. hehe... I certainly wouldn't mind going along for the processions, but as good as the halls are, I'm not one for being up so late. Didn't touch at drop last night other than tea and still feel like I drank a barrel of beer. Cheers for the comment :)

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  3. Kevin, It could be part of your day jobbie!!! Making sure that the routes are all clear, including bridges and stiles. John

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