Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 Cullivoe Up Helly Aa - day pics

The 2011 Cullivoe Up Helly Aa took place on Friday 25th February, with Guizer Jarl Campbell Dickie representing 'Einar Rognvaldsson' (Torf-Einar).

This years Galley 'Eydis' was taken from the galley shed in the early hours just across the road to Moarfield Garage, where she was joined by the Jarl's Squad after breafast. The Cullivoe Primary School & pre-school bairns joined the Jarl's Squad at the garage and the Galley with bairns aboard was towed to the School for photographs at the School. After the photo session the galley was taken to the grassy area between R.S. Henderson's shop and the Cullivoe Hall where she remained on display throughout the day. The Bill was on display in the Cullivoe Hall.

The Jarl's Squad comprised 16 members including all five of Campbell's daughters as princesses. The Jarl was armed with a sword while the Jarl's Squad had excellently made spears.

After the visit to the Cullivoe Primary School the Jarl's Squad visited folk in Cullivoe, starting with Greenbank Road and returning to the School for lunch with the bairns. After lunch the Jarl's Squad posed with the bairns for more photos and then for Squad Photos at North Brough, overlooking the Bay of Brough. They then visited more folk during the rest of the afternoon, starting at Gloup and heading south.

Jarl's Squad at Photo Shoot

Bill Head - the Bill was in the Cullivoe Hall.

Jarl's Shield.

Jarl's Squad Bus.

Jarl's Squad at Cullivoe Primary School.

Raven Banner flying at the Cullivoe Hall.

The Galley - 'Eydis'.

Galley Shields, starboard side.

Galley Shields, port side.

Flotation tank attached to underside of Galley.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

2011 Bressay Up Helly Aa - Video

Video from the morning of the 2011 Bressay Up Helly Aa.

2011 Bressay Up Helly Aa

The 2011 Bressay Up Helly Aa took place on Friday 25th February, with Guizer Jarl Ralph Tulloch representing Harald Maddadsson.

The galley named St Braner this year, was on display throughout the day at the Bressay Ferry Terminal. The Bill was also on display near the galley. The Bill Head was painted by the Jarl's sister Beatrice Tulloch.

The Jarl's Squad weapon was unusually a Halberd - a two-handed pole weapon that combines a spear and axe.

After mustering at the hall car park near the shop around 10:15am, the Jarl's Squad visited the Bressay Hall where the Bressay School bairns, parents and others welcomed the Jarl and his squad. The Jarl's Squad comprised 18 members, including 5 bairns and 2 princesses. During the rest of the day the Jarls squad visited Bressay residents.

I did not witness the burning as we headed off to Cullivoe Up Helly Aa for the afternoon & evening burning there - Cullivoe pics to follow.

Jarl's Squad - Jarl Ralph Tulloch centre (with larger shield).

Bill Head painted by the Jarl's sister Beartrice Tulloch.

Jarl's Squad Musicians at the Bressay Hall.

 Jarl's Squad Shield and Halberd Head.

Bressay have a specially built galley that dates back to 1962 and is kept each year and not burnt. Instead an old boat donated to the Committee from year to year by different well-wishers is burnt. This years Galley was named St Braner. Galley 'St Branner' at thebressay Ferry Car Park.

The 'burning galley' on the banks of the Voe of Leiraness near the houses at Voeside. The galley shields were painted by the Bressay School bairns.

Galley shields port side, bow to stern - 12 shields.

Galley shields starboard side, bow to stern -11 shields.