Night of fire and fun as Imbolc festival returns to Marsden

THE annual Imbolc festival set the night on fire at Marsden.

Night of fire and fun as Imbolc festival returns to Marsden

THE annual Imbolc festival set the night on fire at Marsden.

Around 2,000 people – some from as far away as London – were there on Saturday night to witness a dazzling pyrotechnic display.

Imbolc is a Celtic celebration which traditionally marks the end of winter and the start of spring.

The 2,000-year-old festival was revived in Marsden 16 years ago.

Until Saturday morning, organisers were unsure if the weather would halt this year’s event.

But they, the council and British Waterways worked hard to clear snow and ice so the festival could go ahead.

Organiser Angie Boycott-Garnett said: “It was harder work than normal to make it happen and I thank everyone who helped.

“But ultimately, the snow enhanced the whole spectacular, we even had lit snow sculptures along the route. It was brilliant.”

Click here to see spectacular photos from the festival.

Festivities began with a torchlight procession from Marsden railway station to Standedge Visitor Centre, where crowds were wowed by a dazzling firework display and fire jugglers.

There was also a battle between Jack Frost, representing winter, and the Green Man, standing for spring.

There was also a theatrical performance and live music from local singers.

James Dean, visitor services manager at Standedge, said the night was a success.

He said: “I’m really proud that Standedge can call the festival home.”

A series of drama and fire juggling workshops for local people were held at the centre in the run-up to Imbolc.

 

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