Get Kids Going charity has announced it will be holding its fourth Flamborough Fire Festival at the New Festival Arena in Flamborough on new year’s eve.
This year, the festival will feature its first Viking longship attraction which will have a ‘sea of flames’ surrounding it. Festival goers will also take part in a torchlight procession.
The New Festival Arena will be decorated with coloured lights, burning torches and surrounded by battle drums. There will also be Viking characters present, including King Canute who invaded England in 1016 and Thor, the hammer-wielding god of Germanic mythology.
Attendees will swing balls of fire around their heads as part of their New Year Eve celebrations as villagers believe 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. There will also be prizes awarded to the best dressed Vikings.
With the event now in its fourth year it has attracted more than 10,000 visitors from all over the country, who wish to pay homage to the Viking era and explore their own possible Viking ancestry.
Get Kids Going charity gives disabled children and young people up to the age of 26, the opportunity to take part in sporting events.
Jane Emmerson, the festival organiser and charity chief executive, said: “This year the festival will be a blaze of fire, with fireballs, fire torches, a torchlight procession followed by a fireworks spectacular at midnight. The Viking longship will be pulled around the village green led by fire balls, with everyone taking part for the very first time. It’s going to be an amazing night in Flamborough on new year’s eve.”