Funky Vikings Spice up Nesting Fire Fest! (This article has been taken from The Shetland News)
22 February 2012
The folk of Nesting and Girlsta joined forces with the west side
on Friday for the biggest Up Helly Aa the community has ever seen,
spicing it up with some Caribbean flavour along the way!
Guizer Jarl Iain Malcolmson was Harold "Bluetooth" Gormson for the
day, leading a 23 man squad with 27 children, none of whom had
performed in a Jarl squad before.
Not only did they impress with their home-made outfits, but their
stirring Viking version of an old Toots & the Maytals reggae
tune went down a storm on the cold, windy night.
It was a historic occasion both for the inclusion of Whiteness and
Weisdale as the third hall for the first time, but also the premier
of two squads from Walls bringing the total to 15 with 221 guizers
The Jarl squad looked outstanding in their home made suits, with
steel-trimmed leather helmets and neck guards, wool cloaks from
cloth woven at Sandness mill, green pigskin kirtles, woollen puttee
leg wraps, two-handed axes, knives and shields.
The Jarl's cloak was lined with red linen to match the Viking
dresses worn by the princesses and had rabbit skin draped over the
As an architect himself, the Jarl chose Harold Gormson for his
reputation for building forts throughout his Danish homeland.
He also lent his name to that most modern of technologies:
Bluetooth. Swedish mobile phone company Ericsson chose him for his
record of bringing together warring tribes and religions as the
name for the technology that links mobiles and computers.
After Saturday night's hop, Jarl Bluetooth said: "This year's Up
Helly Aa has been a total success and we would like to thank the
many unsung heroes who make this so every year. Both myself and the
rest of the squad have had a fantastic time. Who would have thought
scary Vikings and reggae are a perfect match!"
Squad member Marcel de Klerk, from Glen Isla, added: "This has been
a once in a lifetime experience for me and my family. We will never
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