UP HELLY AA FESTIVAL 1949

During the evening of the “Up Helly Aa” celebrations the galley is dragged through the streets to the pier and burned. Torches are thrown onto the galley as it burns. (clip)

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Places:

  • Shetland Islands

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Media, communication and the creative industries

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: UP HELLY AA FESTIVAL 1949

Reference number: 1309

Date: 1949

Sound: silent

Original format: 9.5mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 6.00 minsc

Description: The Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, with shots by night of the procession and ceremonial burning of the galley.

Preservation of this film supported by the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

Shotlist: Credits (.08); Glimpses of Norse Galley. General views of the festival in Lerwick. Shots of reproduction of a Viking galley (.11); BBC personnel arranging for world wide broadcast of festival - Proclamation. Shots of same (.18); Jarl and Vikings torchlight procession. Shots by night of the procession (2.41); Burning. The galley is burned (3.59); Collection funds for charity day following Festival by Guizers. Participants collect for charity in the town streets and shots of decorated floats procession (5.59); The End (6.01).