Glorious sun blesses Bressay Jarl’s Squad

The sun shone down brightly for this year’s Bressay jarl Gary Thomson and his squad with truly exceptional still conditions.

The 12-strong squad, plus two children, spent the day in and around the isle visiting the hall, the Bill at the pier, the former school for lunch and the sheltered housing in the afternoon.

There was much good humour and hilarity as the squad got ready for their big night.

The galley was named Illrskegg, “bad beard” a reference to the Jarl’s struggle to grow facial hair.

Dressed in glittery red kirtles, black sheepskins and boots, the squad made an impressive sight. On their heads they wore steel helmets with loose ear coverings which along with the silver and black shields fairly caught the sunlight on what was an exceptional day weatherwise.

It was to be another superb night for the burning.

Words: Stephen Gordon
Photos: Dave Donaldson
• A full report will appear in The Shetland Times next week.


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