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Female squad members in Lerwick Up Helly Aa (2022 poll)  

24 members have voted

  1. 1. In principle, should women be allowed to participate in Lerwick Up Helly-Aa as squad members?

    • Yes
      10
    • No
      14
  2. 2. Is logistics (already high numbers of guizers, waiting lists for squads etc) a valid reason not to allow women to participate in Lerwick Up Helly-Aa as squad members?

    • Yes
      14
    • No
      10
  3. 3. The current ‘male only’ squad member demographic of Lerwick Up Helly-Aa is….

    • Sexist
      7
    • Traditional
      17


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I probably won't be here. I haven't been out in a squad for years. When the actual day comes, I kinda wish I was, but I don't have time for all the squad meetings 'n' stuff for during the months beforehand.

I think Up Helly Aa is a bit of a laugh and nothing more. There are certainly folk who take it very seriously though. But I can't see how you can fault dressing up, getting foo, setting fire to a boat, being driven around Lerwick and dancing all night. Or is there something about tradition and culture or whatever that I'm missing......

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The tradition/culture angle is entirely modern, truth be told. The viking heritage, well, i've mentioned that elsewhere. Even the 'beard wearing' is a recent addition.

 

Call it a piss-up/social/community event to brighten up long winter nights and it's a-ok. Call it anything else and you're full of it.

 

It wouldn't really matter if we burned a 'long-ship' or a 'massey-ferguson' really.

 

My cynicism is in keeping with the genius that spawned the now forgotten "Pictish-Festival". Revive it and throw in some kind of fertility turd and a votive offering and we've got it in spades.

 

Or more to the point 4 festivals! one for each season. All year tourist attractions to boot!

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Serious message here. Can somebody.....marshalls, police or whoever put a stop to the uncaring idiots who stand in front of the disabled peoples cars outside King Erik House. Last year I came close to shouting at the police who did not move them.....this year who knows?.

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