History was made at the South Mainland Up-Helly-A’ mass meeting at Sandwick Social Club on Friday, when Lesley Simpson from Maywick was chosen as the Guizer Jarl representing Bigton and Levenwick for the 2015 South Mainland Up-Helly-A’. She will be the first ever female Guizer Jarl.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Lesley. “Various people encouraged me to consider being a Guizer Jarl, and I had a think about the idea and decided why not?
“I have long taken part in the country Up-Helly-A’s, and I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s first South Mainland one, which was a wonderful community event that I hope will go from strength to strength.
“I was in Bigton Hall helping to make the breakfast, and I helped make the evening meal there too. I had a fantastic time.”
Lesley is the head of Dunrossness Primary School, and another thing which clinched her decision to stand was the electric atmosphere there was at the school when the SMUHA Guizer Jarl’s squad visited the pupils.
“All the bairns were very excited, and the members of the squad told me that the whole occasion was really special to them.”
Lesley will join the SMUHA committee in 2013 as a future jarl. At the moment, however, her focus is firmly on the 2011 SMUHA.
“I’m not thinking about 2015. I am part of the South Mainland community and 2011 is Brydon Robertson’s year. He is the present Guizer Jarl, and all folk’s attention should be on him.”