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

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

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

    • Sexist
    • Traditional

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Last night Radio Shetland re-broadcast an interesting programme made by Charlie Simpson in 1989 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first UHA galley. In addition to lots of interviews with early builders the programme is noteworthy for having a version of the Up Helly Aa Song as originally sung to the tune of John Brown's Body. There are also fuller versions of the other songs with the generally unsung verses.


Available to listen again for a few days here. Programme starts one minute in.

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