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Up Helly Aa fire festival held in Lerwick

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Media captionThis year's Guizer Jarl - or festival leader - is joiner Lyall Gair

The spectacular annual Up Helly Aa Viking fire festival has been held in Shetland.

Hundred of torch bearers have paraded through the streets of Lerwick, before burning a replica Viking galley.

This year's Guizer Jarl - festival leader - is joiner Lyall Gair, who headed the parade.

It is the biggest procession of its kind in Europe and celebrates the islands' Viking heritage.

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Image caption The 2017 festival culminated in the traditional burning of a longboat
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Hundreds of visitors from around the world arrive in the islands for the event.

The festival is a descendant of the ancient feast of Yule - which the Vikings held to celebrate the rebirth of the sun.

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Image caption President Donald Trump was mentioned in Lerwick posters

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