Junior Up Helly Aa

The Junior Up-Helly-Aa was established in 1956 for the purpose of introducing young people to, and prepare them for participating in main Up-Helly-Aa fire festival. It is without doubt that the junior Up Helly Aa is the foundation on which the present day festival has been built. The interest that was installed in the young people to build their own Viking boat, by their school teachers and parents, and to organise them into squads of guizers and hold there own torchlight procession and burning can clearly be seen in the Standard of the present festival today.

The Up Helly Aa committee and their helpers have always made the torches for the junior procession, and volunteers have made the Viking galley for the burning.

The second year boys at the Anderson High School vote for their chosen Jarl after the school summer holidays. During the winter the parents of the squad members also need to construct a suit for the boys to wear.

Similar to the senior Guizer Jarl and his Squad the boys visit schools and other public appointments throughout the day.

The Junior Torchlit Procession starts at 17:30 from the Hillhead where the junior guizers follow their Galley into the burning site before sending her on her way in a blaze of fire.

The following list records the Junior Jarl and the name of his Galley:

YearJunior Guizer JarlSchool Galley Name
1956 John Halcrow Odin
1957 Alexander Scott Thor
1958 Gordon Smith Baldur
1959 Bobby Robertson Sleipner
1960 Ian Campbell Loki
1961 Douglas Dalziel Valkyrie
1962 Andrew Johnston Valhalla
1963 Roger Thomason Hvitdraga
1964 Angus Stevenson Heimdal
1965 John Williamson Ellidi
1966 Brydon Peterson Iduna
1967 Robert Leask Niord
1968 Zander Simpson Mjolnir
1969 Edward Sim Freya
1970 David Summers Geirhilda
1971 Robert Simpson Aegir
1972 Gary Nicolson Verdandi
1973 Magnus Leask Varanger
1974 Michael Johnston Helgi
1975 Terry Strachan Sol
1976 George Leask Tyr
1977 Melvyn Leask Hugin
1978 Ian Isbister Munin
1979 Ian Mann Virna
1980 Robert Leask Circa
1981 Mark Sandison Floka-Vardi
1982 Steven Johnson Oseberg
1983 Alan Pottinger Helluland
1984 Campbell Jamieson Gokstad
1985 Iain Johnston Ikigait
1986 Victor Sandison Dynröst
1987 Grant Wiseman Skraeling
1988 Michael Grant Skerdoya
1989 Bryan Goodlad Sjöröver
1990 Bryan Peterson Synnive
1991 Robert Geddes Brenning
1992 Gary Robertson Kolvaröv
1993 Tom Ward Runa
1994 Luke Hunter Asgard
1995 Gary Manson Sjöfuglen
1996 Steven Henderson Sönja
1997 John Bulter Helga
1998 Grant Polson Vigga
1999 Stevie Michael Anona
2000 Ryan Stewart Tvau Þúsund
2001 Jordan Hunter Alicia
2002 James Hughson Ömstr
2003 Shane Jamieson Kristine-louise
2004 Darren Laurenson Drofn
2005 Josh Nicolson Brenda
2006 Robert Smith Kate
2007 Alasdair Scott Clingri
2008 Roy Wood Kylie
2009 Kristoffer Thomason Da Hoga
2010 Sam Maver Ingamar
2011 Rory Johnston Sanmeria
2012 Joseph Morgan Silje
2013 Lenny Allan Noelle
2014 Travis Morgan Rhonda
2015 Lewis Harkness Niamh
2016 Lewis Barclay Laura