Congratulations to Guizer Jarl Brydon Robertson aka Harald Maddadsson and his squad for leading a memorable South Mainland Up Helly Aa 2011. After the success of last year it was going to be hard to reach similar heights, but Brydon and his squad carried it off with aplomb. The squad’s singing was fantastic from start to finish and there was a great atmosphere throughout despite a mixed bag of weather.
The outfits were striking with the helmets being a particular highlight for me. The pupils at the various schools visited during the day enjoyed trying on the helmet and holding the axe/shield.
My first photograph was taken just after 7am (Friday) and I packed up the camera at 4.30am (Saturday)!
Here is a selection of pictures to give you a flavour of the day. I’ll be posting a comprehensive selection of images on my gallery very soon as well as squad photos I managed to capture.
Thanks to Brydon for letting me be part of his big day and to everyone else involved for making South Mainland Up Helly Aa 2011 a pleasure to photograph.
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