2011 South Mainland Up Helly Aa
The 2011 SMUHA took place on Friday 11th March. Brydon Robertson from Dunrossness was the Guizer Jarl and represented
Harald Maddadsson. The Jarl's Squad comprised 43 members. The Jarl's Squad shield design was based on the Quendale
Beast, an interpretation of a piece believed to be a norse era horse harness or bridle. The design also featured on the galley
sail, banner, squad brooches and belt buckle. The galley was named Kverndal.
During the day the Jarl's Squad visited the the Sound School in Lerwick, Cunningsburgh School, Sandwick School, Mainlands
Shop (where the Bill was on display), the Sumburgh Hotel, Dunrossness School and the Overtonlea Care Centre at Levenwick.
The visits were accompanied by the Galley apart from the Overtonlea Care Centre.
The evening torchlit procession was along the Sumburgh Lighthouse road from just above the Sumburgh Farm, down towards
Grutness beach where the galley was burnt floating on the sea at Grutness Voe. Following the burning the 24 squads
comprising 442 Guizers dispersed to perform their acts at the Gulberwick Hall, Cunningsburgh Hall, Sandwick Social Club,
Bigton Hall and the Ness Boating Club. All the squads performed in all the halls until the early hours. The Hop night was the
following day on Saturday 12th March at the Cunningsburgh Hall.
The procession will be remembered for the heavy snow shower from the north-west which started just before the light-up and
continued throughout the procession and onto the beach at Grutness for the burning of the galley. Just as the guizers began to
throw their torches the snow eased and stopped shortly thereafter - leaving some very snowy guizers.
Click the links below or to the left to see more about each part of the 2011 SMUHA