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Midsummer Carnival

Carnival fever in Lerwick.

THIS weekend’s Callum Younger Reach Fund Midsummer Carnival will be the biggest yet with events taking place in Lerwick over a four day period.

The midsummer extravaganza again coincides with the arrival of yachts participating in a number of North Sea races, adding to the festival atmosphere.

Centred around the popular carnival parade on Saturday evening, organisers have drawn up an extensive programme with fairground rides, a Simmer Dim street party with extended opening hours for town centre shops plus four special events at Mareel:

  • Thursday: Isles Got Talent variety concert with singer Pearl Hunter, Shetland’s Got Talent winners Inferno, drumming group Aestaewast, Shetland’s Got Talent finalists Mime ‘N’ Dat, musicians Sophie Wishart and Mias Trio, and comedy singer-songwriter Steven Robertson. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are priced £10/£8 concession.
  • Friday: Scottish Dance Night from 9pm onwards with music from Peter Wood, Brian Nicholson and John Leask. Just 135 tickets are available, priced £6/£5 concession.
  • Saturday: Carnival Parade starting at 6.30pm from Lower Hillhead. A colourful procession of floats and foot collectors in fancy dress, jarl squads from across Shetland as well as emergency services vehicles will make its way along King Harald Street and Commercial Road to Victoria Pier.
    This will be followed by a Conga dance for all along Commercial Street led by drumming group Aestaewast and starting at 8pm, to be followed by a family disco at Mareel.
  • Then on Sunday evening, teams of up to six people are invited to test their knowledge at The Big Quiz. Entry is £1 per person.

Tickets for the events at Mareel are on sale now from Shetland Box Office at

All money raised will go to the Callum Younger Reach Fund, set up to help young people in Shetland fulfill their dreams in life.

The fund was set up by Malcolm Younger in memory of his son after he sadly passed away from an unknown heart condition in April 2005, at the age of just ten.

Since the fund was set up more than £50,000 has been given out to various young people and groups throughout Shetland.