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In Pictures / Junior hop night a big success as more than 300 young people attend

A group of people dancing in a large room.

A TOTAL of 325 youngsters turned up for the Junior Up Helly Aa hop event on Monday – the biggest one to date.

Junior jarl Oran McCulloch and his squad were welcomed into the Sound Hall in Lerwick before music from the Brian Morrison Band.

The dancefloor was kept busy and “never emptied all night”.

Junior Up Helly Aa’s Martin Summers said: “An incredible 325 children and young people from primary seven to secondary two attended the Junior Up Helly Aa Hop on Monday night.

“It was an excellent event featuring a ceilidh dance, supper and visitation from the senior jarl squad.

“Children and young people arrived at the hall to the entrance way being flanked by burning torches.

“Once in the hall, the evening started with young people welcoming Junior Jarl Oran McCulloch and the Junior Jarl Squad as they continued the energy and enthusiasm they’ve shown over this past six months.

“The first dance was a Boston Two Step and the hall floor never emptied all night. There was plenty of singing and dancing.”

The junior committee wished to thank a range of folk for making the event a success, from the Sound Hall committee and the band to the senior Up Helly Aa, Youth Scotland’s Rural Action Fund and everyone who came along to attend.

Junior jarl Oran McCulloch being lifted up high.
Senior guizer jarl Richard Moar presents junior jarl Oran McCulloch with a guizer jarl plaque.

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