At the 1861 Lammas Fair islanders flocked to see Robert Flett demonstrate the first steam engine made wholly in Orkney.
“The young fellows from all the farms and villages round about used to fairly let themselves go on Halloween night. Authority was flouted. “
“All over the island carts, ploughs, lorries, wheelbarrows, etc were shifted, and in once case a motor car was removed.”
“Some merry, friendly, country-folks,/Together did convene,/To burn their nits, and pou their stocks,/And haud their Halloween”
” At the season of Earth’s decay our forefathers remembered their dead, who were believed to visit their homes on that night.”
Sheriff Substitute Brown said that there had been ‘a disgusting amount of lying going on’.
“Old ways, die hard.”
This year’s neepie lantern hunt runs from Saturday 10th till Saturday 31st October and there are 40 neepie lanterns to find, placed in businesses all over the centre of the town.
Shetland film maker Keiba Clubb has made a delightful film about the world famous knitting from the island of Fair Isle.
The project titled ‘Augmented Fashion: Immersive Interactions for Sustainable Heritage in Fashion and Textiles’ involves RGU working with industry partners across Scotland and academics in Shangahi, China.