Hundreds of young "Vikings" stormed the streets of Shetland to celebrate their heritage in the island's annual Up Helly Aa festival.
Hundreds of young \"Vikings\" stormed the streets of Shetland to celebrate their heritage in the island's annual Up Helly Aa festival.
playing with fire: The Jarl Squad parade through the streets of Lerwick, top, as young Vikings join the grown-up celebrations. A photo-call provides a welcome rest before the ceremonial burning of a Viking longboat. Main picture: PA
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The event in Lerwick is Europe's biggest fire festival, and takes place on the last Tuesday of January each year.
Around 900 costumed "guizers" wearing winged helmets, sheepskins and carrying axes and shields, marched through the streets of the town to recreate its ancient past.
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