The Viking ship about to go up in flames
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Shetland celebrates Viking heritage with fire festival

1 February 2012 Last updated at 04:04 GMT

Thousands of people have gathered in Lerwick in Shetland to celebrate the island's Viking heritage with a dramatic fire festival.

The Up Helly Aa festivities culminated in the burning of a replica Viking ship, which takes months to build.

As the BBC's Lorna Gordon explains, people come from all over the world to witness the "spectacular" event.