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The 2020 Nesting and Girlsta galley burning. Photo: Kevin Osborn

THE NESTING and Girlsta Up Helly Aa has become the latest fire festival to call off its 2022 event.

Its committee said that “due to the ongoing issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic it was felt that it would be unviable to hold a festival in 2022”.

“It is hoped that the festival will be able to return in 2023 and the committee and jarl elect look forward to hosting a safe an enjoyable Up Helly Aa when possible,” Ryan Stevenson said on behalf of the committee.

The Nesting and Girlsta Up Helly Aa usually takes place in early February.

Scalloway, Lerwick and Bressay have also decided to postpone to 2023 due to the impact of the pandemic.