After several years of planning, and a summer of reminiscences, reacquaintances, music and activities, Shetland Hamefarin 2010 has been hailed a resounding success by the organisers, visiting hamefarers and the local community
With Hamefarins staged in 1960 and 1985, and with one planned for 2010, a “25-year rule” has been established. The exception to this was in 2000, when a special “Millenium Hamefarin” was held. This took place from Friday 19th to Sunday 28th May 2000.
Planning for the 1985 Hamefarin began in 1981, when Dr. Tom Anderson and Mr. Maurice Mullay noted the passing of the 20th anniversary of the previous Hamefarin, and agreed that the 25th anniversary would be the ideal time for a restaging. The idea was endorsed by Shetland Tourist Organisation and a committee was formed to organise the Shetland Hamefarin 1985, with the Lord Lieutenant Magnus Shearer as president and Mr. Mullay as chairman.
In 1958, a Mr. John L. Arcus of Wellington, New Zealand, wrote to Zetland County Council to suggest that a ceremonial return of those of Shetland extraction worldwide be organised for 1960. The suggestion was taken forward, and an executive committee was formed, under the chairmanship of school headmaster George W. Blance. The committee was charged with welcoming the visitors, organising events across the isles and ensuring that the returning exiles met with a favourable impression of the post-war Shetland.
Events In Shetland Since The First Hamefarin In 1960.