Up Helly Aa

Torch-lit procession lights up Cullivoe

CULLIVOE played host to the welcome sight of a torch-lit Up Helly Aa procession last night (Friday). As part of a modified Cullivoe Up Helly Aa the procession in Yell was followed by live music at the local hall. Under the name of the Raven Banner Ball, a dinner dance with the James Leask Band […] Shetland News …


No revolutionary upheaval

If the committee of Lerwick’s (awesome!) fire-festival was to declare gender equality today, there would be no revolutionary upheaval whatsoever. In reality, things WILL remain much the same, in that even if the committee actively encourage lasses to participate, the vast majority will realistically prefer to attend halls just as they have done in the […] Shetland News …


‘I too have equality concerns’

The fact that Pete Hamilton chose to spend a wet and windy January day outside the front door of the Town Hall demonstrates his convictions about sexual equality in Lerwick Up Helly Aa. I am sure others share his views. I too have equality concerns. I worry about the increasing number of people reliant on […] Shetland News …



No role for council to make Lerwick Up Helly Aa more inclusive, says SIC

SHETLAND Islands Council (SIC) has insisted that it has no role in helping to facilitate change to the way Lerwick Up Helly Aa is celebrated and reiterated its view that the authority is not in breach of equality legislation by allowing the festival to use public sites around town including the town hall. Both council […] Shetland News …


Covid themed Up Helly Aa bill at the Cross

THERE may be no Lerwick Up Helly Aa taking place today (Tuesday) – but the bill has still made an appearance at the Market Cross. It runs on a Covid theme as it gives a nod to the NHS vaccination effort, while it casts a hopeful view that as time goes on normality is a […] Shetland News …



Outdated nonsense

The 25 November sees the beginning of 16 days of Activism against gender-based violence against women & girls, part of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s UNiTE campaign by 2030 to end violence against women. This year’s theme is “Orange the World: end violence against women now!” Public Health Scotland describe gender inequality as a “root […] Shetland News …


Women can do anything they choose to do

Although this is an extract sent to the Shetland News in 1912, it is quite horrifying to hear these opinions still bandied about today in some media, over a century later. “As I said ae time afore, lat dem stick ta dir ain place an’ dir ain wark: lat dem mind da craidle and da […] Shetland News …