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.
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.