2014 SMUHA Evening Procession
and Burning of Bueskytter
The 2014 procession was north through Gulberwick down to Gulberwick beach. The muster area for guizers was at Lower
Hillside, Gulberwick. Of the 515 Guizers (inc fiddle-box carriers), around 410 were carrying torches. From 6:30pm torches were
issued to guizers along the Lower Hillside road with guizers forming up along the road down to the junction with the road
through Gulberwick where the galley Bueskytter was positioned.
At 7:20pm the Jarl's Squad marched up the ranks, accompanied by the Lerwick Brass Band and Pipe Band. The light-up was
at 7:30pm, followed by the procession down to the beach at Gulberwick with the Guizer ranks splitting at the south beach track
junction with one rank continuing along & marching down to the beach via the north track & the other rank performing a turning
movement back towards Lower Hillside & then back down to the beach via the south track. This meant both ranks entered the
beach at the same time.
The galley was was burnt floating on the sea just off the beach although the mooring anchor had become buiried in the soft
sand & the galley could not be pulled out as fas as she could have been. A firework display followed the burning with the 25
squads comprising 515 Guizers then dispersing 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.
Issueing torches to guizers.
Lighting torches for the Jarl's Squad marching up the ranks.
Jarl's Squad marching up the ranks.
Procession moves off.
All the SMUHA Guizer Jarl's to date - l to r: 2010 David Smith, 2011 Brydon Robertson, 2012 Kevin Adamson, 2013 Dale Smith, 2014 Keith Lobban.