Contrary to popular belief, Red Bull or Torro Rosso, is not a new product. This beverage has been brewed in Cullivoe since 1958 and MO has proof!!! (see pics.)
Back in the 50's and 60's the squads in Cullivoe commenced consumption of the home brewed “Solan Squash” in the month of July to ensure that they did indeed have wings for the following February’s Cullivoe Up Helly Aa. MO thinks you will agree that these squads did indeed have big wings…none of your paltry raven thingy oop ‘ere (King Corax corax likes the CUHA – his eggs are safe). In addition - as the same wings and shields appear to be recycled from Jarl to Jarl, the Cullivoe Squad were even then trendsetters in promoting an eco-friendly and sustainable Up Helly Aa.
A buy out in the 1970’s however, meant that “Solan Squash” became “Torro Rosso” and spawned a Formula 1 Racing Team. So there you have it, yet again Shetland is at the forefront of innovation and invention, although perhaps not for the same end purpose.
Pictures from the excellent "Official Cullivoe Up Helly Aa" website depicting the Jarls & squads since its inception in 1957 up to 2000.
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