Hundreds gather for burning of wickerman – Press & Journal

A PREHISTORY park in the north-east staged a fiery finale to its season yesterday with the burning and toppling of a massive hillside wickerman figure.

The 45ft effigy had provided a towering beacon to the Archaeolink tourist attraction since early summer and survived the previous day’s gales that swept across the north-east.

Last night it became the flaming centrepiece to the park’s annual festival of Samhain, or Celtic new year.

Throughout the day, the centre and its recreated ancient history huts and farm provided the setting for a programme of events including Roman legion re-enactment, spooky storytelling sessions and traditional corn dolly making.

As darkness fell the crowd gathered around a glowing pit as a local team stepped forward to break both the country’s and the world’s firewalk records.

Current Scottish title holder Graeme Pyper, of Port Elphinstone, Inverurie, was joined by sons Lewis, 15, and Arron, 18.

A torchlight procession made its way from the pit up the slopes of Berryhill to set ablaze the wickerman just before 7pm.

Well over 1,500 people watched the spectacular blaze as flames swept across the outstretched arms of the wickerman, high above surrounding treetops.

via Hundreds gather for burning of wickerman – Press & Journal

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