Organisers of this year’s New Year’s Eve Flamborough Fire Festival are promising that the event to be the most spectacular ever.
The Festival, now in its fifth year, will see a Viking Longship set ablaze with a ring of two thousand flaming Viking torches.
The spectacular begins at 10.30pm on New Year’s Eve in and around the Festival Arena in Flamborough.
A team of volunteers have been working hard all summer building the Longship and preparing the arena to accommodate the lighting of over 2,000 Viking torches.
Festival’s Organiser, Jane Emmerson, said: “This year’s Flamborough Festival is going to be the biggest Festival of Fire ever seen in mainland UK.”
“The lighting of over 2,000 Viking torches is just one of the new attractions to the Festival with others being flaming Fire Swords, a Viking Mead Hall and more than thirty Flamborough Fireballs in action. This will be followed by a magnificent Fireworks Spectacular set to music at midnight. The Festival will have increased viewing areas so everyone can get a good view of all the action.”
Said Jane: “The Festival Arena will, once again, be festooned with coloured lights along the Battle drums resounding all around. At the start, the Festival will be besieged by handsome looking Viking invaders, led by ‘King Canute’ wielding his fire sword and leading the invasion of Flamborough along with the ‘Great God’ – ‘hor’ – with his mighty hammer.”
More than thirty fireballs will be on display with locals swinging balls of fire around their heads as part of the New Year Eve Celebrations. In the days when Flamborough was a Viking stronghold the community took to the streets with fire, to cleanse the air of the old year’s spirits and welcome in the new. The sight of all the fireballs burning in the midnight air is only ever seen once a year.
The Festival welcomes everyone and encourages all children, friends and families to take part in the Festival’s Torchlight Procession and the Viking Costume and Longship Parade. There will be prizes awarded to the best dressed Vikings so everyone is encouraged to come in their Viking dress.
With the event now in its fifth year, it has attracted more than 15,000 visitors from all over the country, who get into the spirit of the occasion and dress as Vikings.
The event starts at 10.30pm in the Festival Arena on the Village Green on New Year’s Eve – Tuesday 31st December 2019 – with the Burning of the Viking Longship, the Flamborough Fireballs and a Torchlight Procession followed by a Fireworks Spectacular when the clock strikes midnight to welcome in the New Year.
Each year the Flamborough Fire Festival is held in aid of local community groups and charities. The Festival Organisers are encouraging everyone to come in full Viking Costume. All children, 12 years and under and all adults in full Viking Costume, will be allowed into the Festival for free Any others attending the event will be asked to give a suggested donation at the gate. For more details see the Flamborough Fire Festival website at www.flamboroughfirefestival.org