Norwick Up Helly Aa
Norwick Up Helly Aa, or Norik Up Helly Aa, which is the preferred local spelling, is the northernmost Up Helly Aa and began as a local festival in 1985. The North Unst Public Hall in Haroldswick, is used for the evening guizing. The Galley shed has been converted from a new agricultural shed along the road to Skaw. The Jarl's squad re-use as much of their costumes and shields/axes as possible each year.
The festival is normally held on the last Saturday in February and is the only Up Helly Aa held on a Saturday. In the morning the Jarl's squad muster at the North Unst Public Hall, before heading off to greet well-wishers and invited guests at the Galley Shed. During the day the Jarl's squad pose for photographs at the galley shed and locations around the north of Unst. They also visit the Nordalea Care Centre at Baltasound and various houses in the area.
In the evening the guizers muster along the old Skaw road, the Fluggie, from around 6pm onwards with the light-up at 7:30pm. The galley and torchlit procession heads down the road towards Norwick beach and after a right turn towards Valie the procession turns back on itself and heads to the burning site above the Norwick beach opposite ‘The Taing’. The Jarl’s Squad form up alongside the galley while the other guizers circle them. After the customary three cheers the torches are thrown into the galley.
Norwick Up Helly Aa by Year
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2012
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2011
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2010
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2009
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2008
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2007
- Norwick Up Helly Aa 2006
Norwick Guizer Jarls by Year
The Norwick Galley is kept each year for the procession and a secondary Galley is burnt instead.
Shields are on display in the Galley Shed.