Junior Viking’s exhibition

Saturday saw the official opening of a comprehensive exhibition covering the 60-year history of the Lerwick Junior Up-Helly-A’, in pictures and artefacts.

The Junior Up-Helly-A' exhibition opened in Shetland Museum's Gadderie on Saturday. Photo: Stephen Gordon
The Junior Up-Helly-A’ exhibition opened in Shetland Museum’s Gadderie on Saturday. Photo: Stephen Gordon

At the Shetland Museum’s Gadderie there was a big turnout of all ages, bearing witness to the community involvement in this festival, albeit a “totally toonie” event, often overshadowed by the larger adult festival.

A big hit was the unusual, and early appearance, of this year’s Junior Jarl’s Squad in all their regalia with Guizer Jarl Lewis Barclay.

Former jarl Charlie Grant, a past chairman of the Junior Up-Helly-A’ committee, made a speech.

He said: “There is not a family in Lerwick that has not had someone who has participated in the Junior Up-Helly-A’.”

The junior jarl then gave a hearty three cheers and sang The Up-Helly-Aa Song to declare the exhibition open.
More about this fascinating exhibition in this in Friday’s Shetland Times.


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  • Angelica Böttcher

    • January 24th, 2016 20:31

    After a three-days-journey from Germany’s south i arrived today and was fond of the Junior Vikings Exhibition. I am sure to get duck-skin when i will see the adult ones on tuesday.


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