21st November 2018
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Cluness prepared for weather

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Guizer Jarl Ivor Cluness has reiterated the Up-Helly-A’s long-held mantra “there will be no postponement for weather” โ€“ despite the threat of force 8 gales at tomorrow night’s procession.

Mr Cluness insisted he was optimistic conditions would prove favourable during the day’s events.

“The weather will be what the weather is, but we’ll worry about that tomorrow. But there is no cancellation, regardless,” he said during the annual press conference at the galley building shed.

“We managed to get our photos taken yesterday. We were going to go to Yell, but the weather didn’t allow us to do that. But we got initial photos taken in the Gilbertson Park, and we went to St Ninian’s Isle. The photos should be pretty spectacular.

“I was a member of Alex Johnson’s squad in 2003, which was reported as being the wettest weather that’s been. If we coped with that we’ll cope with anything.”

His comments follow harsh conditions over the weekend which saw winds reach up to hurricaine force causing damage and travel disruption.

The Lerwick observatory warned high winds would continue on Tuesday, with gales reaching Force 8 in the evening.

About Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor has worked as a reporter since 1995, and has been at The Shetland Times since 2007, covering a wide variety of news topics. Before then he reported for other newspapers in the Highlands, where he was raised, and in Fife, where he began his career with DC Thomson. He also has experience in broadcast journalism with Grampian Television. He has lived in Shetland since 2002, where he harbours an unhealthy interest in old cars and motorbikes.

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  1. John Tulloch

    Postpone it fir wadder? Man, deyr Vikins, do micht as weel gyit a Scotsman ta try an mak dem tak dir baerds aff!

  2. Raymond Smith, Kirkwall

    All the best Ivor!! Looking good in photo. Wish I wis hame

    Raymond Smith, Kirkwall


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