SMUHA (Part 2) – Daytime

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Early morning light up
Early morning light up
Burning torches at Bigton Hall
Burning torches stationed at Bigton Hall
Gordon Stove standing proud at Sandwick Junior High School
John Jamieson in full flow at the ASN Dept, Anderson High School
David Smith leading his troops to Bigton Stores
The Up Helly Aa song being sung with great gusto
Aleksandur Leifsson of Vinland catches up with local developments
Michael Shotton enjoying the big day
The Jarl Squad with St Ninian's Isle a beautiful backdrop
Playtime at Dunrossness Primary School!
Young Sam Smith waves goodbye to his friends at Dunrossness Primary School
Elma Johnson having a laugh with Gordon Stove at Bigton Stores
Dale Smith and Shavonne Smith arrive at The Bigton Hall for breakfast

Pictured above are a few of my favourites during the day from the first ever South Mainland Up Helly Aa.

I followed the Jarl Squad from 7am where they enjoyed breakfast at the Bigton Hall.  The other locations were ASN Dept, Anderson High School, Sound School, Cunningsburgh School, Sandwick  Junior High School, Bigton Stores, Sumburgh Hotel, Dunrossness School, Overtonlea Care Centre and Levenwick Hall.

I had a great time and the time simply flew by.  There was a real sense of camaraderie between the squad and they were warmly greeted at each venue.  Best singing performance has to go to the pupils at Dunrossness Primary School who belted our a rousing rendition of the Up Helly Aa song.

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Stay tuned for the final part of my SMUHA collection featuring photographs from the procession.  For those that missed it, the first part of my SMUHA blog posts can be found here.



  1. Christabelle Duncan says:

    Super photos! Thank you for sharing!

  2. gordon stove says:

    Too much detail Ben!!

    Is the group photo up and ready yet?

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