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Viking fire festival set to take light

Preparations are gearing up for Shetland’s annual Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival on Tuesday night. The event sees up to 1,000 costumed “guizers”, complete with flaming torches, set a Viking longship ablaze after a procession in Lerwick.

Shetland and Orkney were ruled by the Norse for about 500 years until they became part of Scotland in 1468. The festival stems from the 1870s and attracts thousands of revellers to take part in the spectacle.

Read the original article at: BBC News

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