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Friday, 3 December 2010

Da Doonie Day in Thurso

The first ever "Da Doonie Day" was held in Thurso today (Friday). It was organised by Thurso Rotary Club and Thurso High School's Interact Club and celebrated Scottish and Viking heritages in the far north.

There was a special appearance of the Sigurd "Snake Eye" Ragnarsson - Lerwick 2010 Jarl Squad.  36 squad members travelled by sea from Shetland for a whole day of events. The highlight was the burning of the impressive Viking Galley at the riverside. 

I nearly missed the galley burning as my car got stuck in the snow and I got caught in the traffic gridlock in Thurso.  With the town centre closed to traffic, drivers found it hard to find a car parking space and Janet Street was at a standstill with huge queues in both directions.

The Jarl squad met up with officials from Thurso FC who are nicknamed "The Vikings" and some brave souls had a kickabout at the Dammies in the snow.

St Peters & St Andrews church had a Christmas concert after the burning and the Jarl squad made a special appearance to sing two of their squad songs.

There are 8 local squads that are all dressed up and they are travelling around various venues in Thurso to perform sketches and songs. I didn't manage to take pics of the other squads apart from the Interact Club who were at the civic reception in the Pentland Hotel.

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