ST SUNNIVA STREET – The Up Helly-Aa Committee has today come under fire after a local woman was not permitted to enter the event, despite having identification.
Sarah Eunson, a 26 year old who lives near the Lodberries, revealed that she was judged to be too female to enter the festival. Sarah had decided to go out on Up Helly-Aa – a rare night out with her fiance. But their romantic evening of burning love were scuppered by a member of the Jarl Squad demanded to see Sarah’s ID, which proved that she was a woman.
A spokesperson for the Committee was bullish when contacted by reporters from this newsgram, saying: “We will continue to operate our ‘Challenge Women’ policy as it is the responsible thing to do. You’ll see. One day we will let women into the Lerwick Up Helly-Aa, next day they’ll be voting. It’ll be a complete nightmare.”
Sarah has reportedly had offers to join any of the 12 other UHA events that do-permit-women-and-somehow-don’t-lead-to-the-end-of-the-world.