Cullivoe jarl John “Ragnar Lodbrok” Williamson at Mid Yell school. Photo - Kevin Osborn
The jarl’s squad at Mid Yell nursery. Photo - Kevin Osborn
The Jarl’s uncle Robert Williamson. Photo - Kevin Osborn
Warrior princesses Lana, Emma and Katy with the jarl’s nephew Bradley at the front of the nine man squad. Photo - Kevin Osborn
The youngest squad member Bradley Williamson. Photo - Kevin Osborn
Well travelled minstrels - squad musicians Adam Johnson, Ryan Couper, Brenda Scollay and Terry Irvine. Photo - Kevin Osborn
Jarl Williamson leads his merry band of Vikings through Cullivoe. Photo - Garry Sandison
The Cullivoe bairns get a good taste of Up Helly Aa from an early age. Photo - Garry Sandison
Vikings and bairns brave the cold wind with the galley Fenrir providing the only protection. Photo - Garry Sandison
LIKE the community itself, Cullivoe Up Helly Aa is growing from strength to strength with no small thanks due to this year’s jarl’s ancestors.
Back in 1970 when Andrew Williamson was Guizer Jarl the number of squads was on the decline.
So the following year his wife, local head teacher Carol, and he organised the first primary school pupils’ Up Helly Aa squad.