A roar went up as Europe's biggest annual fire festival, the spectacular Up Helly Aa event, was staged in Shetland.
The streets of Lerwick look somewhat different each year for the famous event.
Popping out for a drink can lead to some unusual sights during Up Helly Aa.
The participants look fearsome and people flock to take in the event.
Up Helly Aa is an eye-catching celebration of the islands' Viking heritage.
There is always time to rest weary legs, no matter how old you are.
The torch-lit procession is a memorable sight during the fire festival.
The sights and sounds will live long with those who witnessed them.
The spectacular burning of a replica galley is an amazing end to Up Helly Aa. The same awaits in 2010.