Ring of fire at Flamborough

A bumper crowd of 4,000 people are estimated to have gathered on the streets of Flamborough to witness the village’s first Fire Festival.

The event ignited the village with a Viking themed parade, fireballs, fire torches, live music and a Viking longship being pulled through the streets followed by a firework display at midnight.

Fire balls at Flamborough Fire Festival

Fire balls at Flamborough Fire Festival

Event organiser Jane Emmerson said: “It was an amazing event that exceeded expectations. We are over the moon with how it went and for all the support from the public. It was electric on the night with some fantastic costumes on show.

“With the event so unique it gave us a chance to show Flamborough off to people coming from as far as Barnsley and Wakefield and unbelievably we had one man over from China!”

The idea of the event came from Jane after a discussion with locals in the village who claimed there was little to do in the village on New Year’s Eve.

Jane then decided to create the Fire Festival by incorporating Flamborough’s belief that, in the days when it was invaded by Vikings, that the community took to the streets, with various forms of fire, to cleanse the air of old spirits and welcome in the new.

“We felt that the village needed to be put back on the map and we think we’ve achieved that,” said Jane.

“I’d like to thank all the kind people who have donated to support the set up of the event, everyone on the volunteers and to Flamborough residents for allowing us to have the event and hopefully we can come back again in December with a bigger and better event.”