WATCH: Squads perform at Lerwick Up-Helly-A’

From dancing pigs to jokers, there was plenty to see at halls across Lerwick during Up-Helly-A’ celebrations.

There were 47 choreographed acts in all, which kept revellers going into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Below is a selection of squad skits from the Clickimin Bowls Hall, including a visit from the Jarl’s Squad.


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  • Gary Watson

    • January 31st, 2020 19:12

    This looks like one of the best small town events in the world. Everyone looks like they are having fun from burning a Viking ship to dancing sharks. Too bad I live in Southern Alberta Canada or I would certainly attend. And a shout out to my friend, Phil K an expat who keeps linking me to your magnificent Islands

    • Kellee Dixon

      • February 1st, 2020 14:44

      We just attended this event for 2020 all the way frim Seattle WA, and were able to have the privilege of witnessing all the squad performances in person. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime. If you ever have a chance to attend Lerwick Up Helly Aa you should definitely do it! I know I will do it again. Cheers mate!

    • john ridland

      • February 1st, 2020 16:53

      That’s a great comment Gary, But watch this space cause the PC /snowflake brigade are out to destroy the Lerwick Up Hella Aa as we know it,

  • Brian Smith

    • February 3rd, 2020 7:54

    I was wonderring how long it would take the Daily Mail signature phrase ‘PC/snowflake brigade’ to reach Shetland …

  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 3rd, 2020 10:22

    What a shame the macho boys are so gendered challenged they fear the fair sex will steal their fancy dress party. This is hardly a tradition of centuries being compromised, just an excuse for a lads massive drinking spree.
    Try at least to honour the Viking Tradition, from a man of Wessex. Incidentally, my Pal Alfred and his Daughter, Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, really kicked Viking arse.

    • John Thomas

      • February 3rd, 2020 16:41

      Ian Tinkler. A genuinely good comment. Fair play to you.

      I see you even managed to trigger them PC/Snowflake brigade lads telepathetically before you’d even commented. Top work!

      Oh and John Ridland… we are the thought police too. We are after your freedom (to spout nonsense unchallenged).

      Is there not an irony John that you were triggered before the snowflakes even turned up; you criticise them for being overly sensitive ‘snowflakes.’ But you need only an imagined enemy in your head to get you riled up about the PC / Snowflake brigade. Well here we are John. Me and Tinkler, united at last.

      Go PC / Snowflake brigade. Kings of Anglia!

      • Johan Adamson

        • February 5th, 2020 12:18

        John Thomas has cheered me up no end. Thank you for spicing up this page and providing much needed laughter. Love ta de John Thomas.

  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 3rd, 2020 18:16

    Kings of Anglia! Anglia is a geographic area, never a country or a single people, in Roman times. Many tribal peoples.
    One has to think, Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, Elizabeth Tudor, The Great Margaret (Whoops)!!.
    Very serious females and considerable arse kickers. No wonder the boys of Lerwick have a problem with women. Lagerther will be P%$sing on them and turning in her grave.

    • John Thomas

      • February 4th, 2020 13:45

      Kings of Mercia then… Don’t forget Empress Matilda and Princess Ann!

      • John Thomas

        • February 4th, 2020 13:46

        Also Queen the band.

  • Ian Tinkler

    • February 4th, 2020 20:57

    Grow up, John Thomas! I was talking about women of steel, The Iron Maiden, Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, Elizabeth Tudor. Real women who could truly kick arse. Not the simpering seductress, such as Mary Q of S, or the shrews of Salmond’s acolytes. No mention of names necessary.


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