Photo Story: Up Helly Aa Festival 2016

Originating in the 1880s, the spectacular Up Helly Aa festival in Lerwick, Shetland celebrates Norse heritage and sees a Viking longship dragged through the streets by a horde of 'guizers', before dramatically being set alight.

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A group of young vikings march through the streets as part of the Up Helly Aa Viking Festival. 

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Members of the Jarl Squad carry flaming torches through the streets.

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Flaming torches are held aloft, before the Galley is set alight

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The Galley roars as it bursts into flames

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 Picture: ©Andrew Milligan / PA Wire/Press Association Images