Community / ‘Special’ day for Jenna as jarl’s daughter one of four lasses in squad

From left to right: Marni Moar, Jenna Moar and Sanne Moar. Photo: SIC

ONE of the first female jarl squad members in Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa says the day has been “really good” so far.

Jenna Moar is one of four lasses taking part in the 2024 jarl squad today (Tuesday), alongside three cousins, in what is a historic moment for the Lerwick event.

Richard Moar’s daughter Jenna. Photo: Shetland News

Her dad Richard is the guizer jarl – with family a key theme running through his squad.

Jenna is joined by Sanne, Marni and Zara in the squad.

Speaking to Shetland News after this morning’s civic reception at Lerwick Town Hall, Jenna said: “The day has gone really good so far – the sun is shining, so everyone is happy and I’m very grateful to be participating.”

When asked about what she is looking forward to, the 16-year-old said visiting schools is set to be a highlight, “with all the bairns excited to see us”.

Photo: BBC Radio Shetland

“I’m looking forward to the procession tonight,” she added.

“When I hear the crack of the flare, I think that will be a really good highlight, going up the ranks with dad surrounded by the squad.”

She said she will be the only girl able to carry a torch at tonight’s procession as the age limit is 16.

“It’s very special I feel, with being the first female Vikings and also carrying the torch as well,” Jenna added.

“The halls will be another highlight, seeing friends and family at all the different halls and dancing the night away.”

Last year was the first time females were able to take part in Lerwick’s Up Helly Aa, with a small number participating in squads.

But this year is the first time in the 100-plus year history of the town’s Up Helly Aa that there have been females in the jarl squad itself.

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