South Mainland Up Helly Aa Committee
The torchlit procession and burning of the galley is under control of the marshals appointed by the SMUHA Committee and their
instructions should be followed at all times to ensure your safety and the safety of those taking part. If you are unsure of
anything then please ask one of them for advice They will be dressed in Vikings costume or be otherwise easily identifable.
Access to the galley burning site is strictly controlled with access being limited prior to the burning.
Once the throwing of torches and singing of the Norseman’s Home is complete the guizers will begin to disperse and there then
may be an opportunity to get to the burning site.
It is important that you do not enter between the two ranks of guizers at any time once they begin to form for the start of the
procession or at any time once they move off.
Please refrain from distracting guizers when they are carrying burning torches and please be considerate to other spectators
particularly the disabled and children and ensure that you are not blocking their view.
Finally please enjoy the festival, and any pictures or video of any SMUHA events would be greatly appreciated by the SMUHA
committee for possible inclusion on this website, please contact email@example.com.
The SMUHA Committee currently consists of up to 20 volunteers who have been elected to organise and participate in the
festival. Guizer Jarl's serve for a period of 6 years with committee members serving a period of three years. Committee
members are elected at the Annual General Meeting held in September / October and retiring committee members are
eligible for re-election. Committee Members are elected on the following basis;
One member each from the South Mainland areas of:
Bigton / Levenwick
Cunningsburgh / Fladdabister
Gulberwick / Quarff
Up to nine further members - elected from anywhere in Shetland.
The previous Jarl, the current Jarl and the next four Jarl's Elect.
The SMUHA Committee Members for 2016 are:
Scott Lobban (chair), Lesley Simpson (vice chair), Liam Mullay, Robert Halcrow, Theresa Wadley, Brian Halcrow,
Leonard Christie, Michael Farmer, Irene Smith, Ian Bray, Karl Davidson, Euan Robertson, Gary Irvine, Stephen
Mullay, Adam Sutherland, Jamie Laurenson, Tomas Smith, Peter Smith, Ross Smith (Treasurer), Kevin Osborn
SMUHA have 'Working Groups' lead by a designated Committee Member who oversees and undertakes various tasks
associated with the festival. These group leaders are currently:
Galley Building - Brian Halcrow
Torch Making - Liam Mullay
Procession - Gary Irvine
Squads - Ian Bray
Jarl's Squad Day - Theresa Wadley
Bill - Robert Halcrow
Programme - Irene Smith, Kevin Osborn
Halls - Theresa Wadley
Non-committee members can also be members of these working groups, people may be members of more than one group
and the leaders of each group report back to the Committee on progress at Committee meetings.
A copy of the current SMUHA Constitution outlining the remit of the Committee can be dowloaded HERE (pdf file).
SMUHA Guizer Jarl's:
2020 - Jimmy Laurenson - Bigton
2019 - Liam Mullay - Gulberwick
2018 - Ian Bray - Sandwick
2017 - Brian Halcrow - Cunningsburgh
2016 - Scott Lobban - Dunrossness
2015 - Lesley Simpson - Bigton
2014 - Keith Lobban - Gulberwick
2013 - Dale Smith - Sandwick
2012 - Kevin Adamson - Cunningsburgh
2011 - Brydon Robertson - Dunrossness
2010 - David Smith - Bigton
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Left to right - back row: Ross Smith, Dale Smith, Keith Lobban, Theresa Wadley, Mary Andreas, Irene Smith, Brian
Halcrow, Scott Lobban, Leonard Christie. Seated: Robert Halcrow, Liam Mullay, David Smith, Jarl Brydon Robertson,
Kevin Adamson, Michael Farmer, Kevin Osborn.
Brian Halcrow (right) was elected 2017 SMUHA Guizer Jarl representing Cunningsburgh/Fladdabister at the
October 2012 AGM & Mass Meeting. The 2012 Cunningsburgh Jarl Kevin Adamson congratulates Brian.
Left to right - back row: Irene Smith, Scott Lobban, Brian Halcrow, Kevin Adamson, Liam Mullay, Robert
Halcrow, Leonard Christie. Seated: Theresa Wadley, Ross Smith, Jarl David Smith, Dale Smith, Vickki
Scott. Not in picture: Keith Lobban, Mary Andreas, Brydon Robertson, Craig Redfern.
Left to right - back row: Leonard Christie, Ritchie Fraser, Brian Halcrow, Michael Farmer, Irene Smith, Liam Mullay, Robert Halcrow, Ross Smith,
Theresa Wadley, Kevin Osborn. Seated: 2010 Jarl David Smith, 2011 Jarl Brydon Robertson, 2012 Jarl Kevin Adamson, 2015 Jarl Lesley Simpson,
2016 Jarl Scott Lobban. Not in picture: 2013 Jarl Dale Smith, 2014 Jarl Keith Lobban, Mary Andreas.
Left to right, back row - Euan Robertson, Michael Farmer, Liam Mullay, Irene Smith, Leonard Christie, Robert Halcrow, Gary Irvine,
Kevin Osborn. Front row - Ross Smith, 2016 Jarl Scott Lobban, 2014 Jarl Keith Lobban, 2013 Jarl Dale Smith, 2015 Jarl Lesley
Simpson, 2017 Jarl Brian Halcrow, 2010 Jarl David Smith. Not in picture: Ritchie Fraser, Mary Andreas, 2011 Jarl Brydon
Robertson, Theresa Wadley, 2012 Jarl Kevin Adamson.
Lesley Simpson was elected 2015 SMUHA Guizer Jarl representing Bigton/Levenwick at the
September 2010 AGM & Mass Meeting. The 2010 Bigton Jarl David Smith congratulates Lesley.
Scott Lobban (left) was elected 2016 SMUHA Guizer Jarl representing Dunrossness at the September 2011
AGM & Mass Meeting. The 2011 Dunrossness Jarl Brydon Robertson congratulates Scott.
Ian Bray (right) was elected 2018 SMUHA Guizer Jarl representing Sandwick at the September 2013 AGM
& Mass Meeting. The 2013 Sandwick Jarl Dale Smith congratulates Ian.
L to R: back row - Theresa Wadley, Ross Smith, Michael Farmer, Ritchie Fraser, Liam Mullay, Irene Smith, Gary Irvine, Euan
Robertson, Karl Davidson, Leonard Christie. Seated - 2011 Jarl Brydon Robertson, 2012 Jarl Kevin Adamson, 2016 Jarl Scott
Lobban, 2014 Jarl Keith Lobban, 2015 Jarl Lesley Simpson, 2017 Jarl Brian Halcrow, 2018 Jarl Ian Bray, 2010 Jarl David Smith.
Not in picture - 2013 Jarl Dale Smith, Mary Andreas, Robert Halcrow, Kevin Osborn.
Liam Mullay (right) was elected 2019 SMUHA Guizer Jarl representing Gulberwick at the September 2014
AGM & Mass Meeting. The 2014 Gulberwick Jarl Keith Lobban congratulates Liam.
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Jimmy Laurenson (left) was elected 2020 SMUHA Guizer Jarl representing Bigton at the September
2015 AGM & Mass Meeting. The 2015 Bigton Jarl Lesley Simpson congratulates Jimmy.
2015 SMUHA Committee. L to R (seated): 2010 Jarl David Smith, 2011 Jarl Brydon Robertson, 2012 Jarl Kevin Adamson, 2013 Jarl Dale
Smith, 2014 Jarl Keith Lobban, 2015 Jarl Lesley Simpson, 2016 Jarl Scott Lobban, 2017 Jarl Brian Halcrow, 2018 Jarl Ian Bray, 2019 Jarl
Liam Mullay, (standing): Leonard Christie, Karl Davidson, Theresa Wadley, Michael Farmer, Adam Sutherland, Stephen Mullay, Irene Smith,
Gary Irvine, Mary Andreas, Euan Robertson, Robert Halcrow, Ross Smith. Not in picture - Ritchie Fraser, Kevin Osborn.