Login Register

Thousands brave the wind and rain for magical There Will Be Fire event at Dewsbury's Crow Nest Park

Weather fails to douse the flames or the enthusiasm

Thousands of people turned out for a magical fire, light and water experience at a Dewsbury park – despite the stormy weather.

The newly-restored lake in Crow Nest Park was the centrepiece of the second There Will Be Fire event.

Despite rain and high winds organisers estimate there were as many as 4,000 people there, twice the number of last year.

Families turned out in force to see the lake ablaze with 1,000 flaming candles. There were 10 animated fountains and 21 floating water lilies.

The air was filled with the spicy scent of cinnamon and cardamom along with the sounds of a live saxophone and harp music.

The event was organised by North Kirklees arts organisation Creative Scene with help from Holmfirth-based group pa-BOOM.

Rebecca Legg, a spokesman for Creative Scene, said she was amazed at the turn-out in the conditions.

“The weather wasn’t kind to us with the wind and the rain but everything went ahead as planned even though some paths had to be closed and things moved around,” she said.

Fire Festival at Crow Trees Park, Dewsbury. Floating lanterns on the park lake.

“There were double the number of people from last year and we are pretty proud of how it went.

“There was some great feedback and comments on Twitter using #ThereWillBeFire.”

Alison Bellamy tweeted: “Well done all involved. It was brilliant,” while 1940s Swing Dance posted a picture but said: “A photograph cannot do this justice. You really need to come and see it for yourself.”

OlyBliss tweeted: “Beautiful night time wonderland. The raindrops are really adding to a magical atmosphere.”

Fire Festival at Crow Trees Park, Dewsbury.

Partially-sighted Sam Heaton and guide dog Tango were also there. Sam tweeted: “Art that is so big and bright even I can see it! Fire displays absolutely amazing.”

READ MORE: Marsden's Imbolc fire festival to return in 2016

Graeme Rayner added: “The harpist was fantastic too. Really friendly and let our daughter have a strum.”

More than 100 local schoolchildren created artwork for the park and volunteers from the Friends of Crow Nest Park were there to make sure the event was a roaring success.

Dewsbury Museum was open and refreshments were served from the park cafe.



Doug Thomson
Huddersfield Town correspondent
Chris Roberts
Huddersfield Giants correspondent
Louise Cooper
Crime correspondent
Nick Lavigueur
Health Correspondent
Joanne Douglas
Local Government Correspondent
Linda Whitwam
Education Correspondent
Henryk Zientek
Business Correspondent
Martin Shaw
Mirfield Correspondent