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The 2015 SMUHA took place on Friday 13th March. Lesley Simpson from Bigton was the Guizer Jarl and represented Auður
djûpûðga (Aud or Unn the Deepminded). Lesley is the first ever adult female Guizer Jarl at any of the Shetland Up Helly Aa
festivals. The Jarl's Squad comprised 42 members, 23 of which were women, along with 7 musicians.
The torchboys carried the Bill from Hayhoull, Bigton to the Bigton Shop in the early hours, where it remained on display
outside the shop throughout the day. The Jarl's Squad mustered at the Bigton Hall for breakfast and during the day they
visited the Anderson High School ASN Department in Lerwick, Sound Primary School in Lerwick, Cunningsburgh Primary
School, and Sandwick Junior High School, followed by a march through Bigton to the Bill at the Bigton shop. After departing
Bigton they headed to the Sumburgh Hotel for the official 'Galley Photos', followed by lunch at the Hotel. After lunch the
squad then went to the Dunrossness Primary School, joining the school Jarl Squad and bairns for a march to the Boddam
football pitch and the burning of the school galley. They then visited the Overtonlea Care Home at Levenwick, followed by a
rest period at Levenwick Hall until the evening.
The evening muster was at the Hayhoull junction at Bigton with the torchlit procession through Bigton down to St. Ninan's Isle
Ayre. The galley was was burnt floating on the sea just off the north side of the Ayre, as it was in 2010 A firework display
followed the burning with the 25 squads comprising 554 Guizers then dispersing to perform their acts at the Gulberwick Hall,
Cunningsburgh Hall, Sandwick Social Club, Bigton Hall and the Ness Boating Club. All the squads performed in all the halls
until the early hours. The Bill Head was delivered by torchlight to the Guizer Jarl by some of the Committee & Torchboys and
the next 4 Guizer Jarls (each taking a corner of the Bill Head), at the Sandwick Social Club in the early evening of the 14th
March, followed by the Hop Night at the Cunningsburgh Hall.