Chilly but sunny start for annual Uyeasound festival

Galley carver Paul Ritch

The Norse weather gods were smiling on Uyeasound Up-Helly-A’s Jarl Christopher Ritch and his squad this year.

Their day has been dry and bright but with a chilling wind, as they have take on their usual visitations. The suit this year has taken on an original character, with over the shoulder grey cloaks, exotic pantaloons and “up cycled suede and furry boots blending seamlessly with traditional axe and helmet. The shields are wooden and have coloured strips in them and a”distressed” look to them.

This year’s idea was to get away from bling towards a more authentic look. The forecast is good for the procession and the burning. A full report will appear in The Shetland Times next Friday.


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