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In pictures: 2016 Up Helly Aa fire festival in Shetland

Our selection of some of of the best photographs from the dramatic Up Helly Aa fire festival in Shetland.

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Image caption The fire festival culminates in the burning of a replica Viking galley
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Image caption The burning galley is a dramatic sight each year
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Image caption It seemed even Up Helly Aa is forced to awaken to the influence of Star Wars
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Image caption Up Helly Aa gives people a chance to reflect on Shetland"s Norse heritage
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Image caption The participants braved wind and rain in Lerwick to take part
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Image caption Up Helly Aa is thirsty work for people of all ages

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