ONE of Huddersfield’s premier festivals has been cancelled.
Imbolc Fire Festival attracts thousands of people into Marsden for the spectacular event.
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It usually takes place in February but it won’t take place next month as organisers say they simply don’t have enough volunteers.
It’s been going for 20 years which means festival fans will have to wait until at least 2014 to celebrate its 21st anniversary.
One of the main organisers Angela Boycott-Garner said: “We have already made the decision to take 2013 off due to a lack of people and funding.
“It’s been such a big event to organise and it usually costs in the region of £7,000 to put on.”
She said people do come forward to volunteer but many want to take part in the fire performances.
Normally around 50 take part in this with up to a further 100 for general stewarding work.
Angela added: “We need such a big number for health and safety along with a lot of people for fundraising.”
At the festival in early February 2012 more than 1,000 festival-goers turned up despite snow and freezing temperatures.
The event includes pyrotechnics, fire sculptures and performances, beginning with a torchlight procession from The Old Goods Yard next to Marsden railway station.
The public joins the march to Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre to watch a series of impressive fire displays.
Imbolc (pronounced ‘im-olk’) is a Celtic festival which celebrates the end of winter and the coming of spring.
Candle lighting and fire represent the increasing warmth of the sun as winter gives way to spring.
The name comes from an Irish word which was originally thought to mean ‘in the belly’.
Imbolc is one of the four principal festivals of the Irish calendar, celebrated either at the beginning of February or at the first local signs of spring.
Originally dedicated to the goddess Brighid, in the Christian period, it was adopted as St Brigid’s Day.
l People wanting to help with Imbolc for 2014 can contact the organisers through the Imbolc Facebook page or via the information point at Marsden Mechanics Institute.