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The Fire eater

 

In the weeks before Christmas, on a cold Thusrday Evening, the Chester Winter Watch parades around the town centre. Legend has it that the Winter Watch Parade dates from the 1400’s  . The City leaders would hand over the keys to the City to the City Watch (or forerunner of the police force) after processing around the City to ensure it was secure. There followed a banquet and celebration of Christmas, knowing the City was safe.

 

In 1990's the tradition was resurrected, without the feast, and has turned into a grand pre-Christmas thrash with drums, dancers, the Lords of Misrule, giants of all varieties, to name but a few of the participants.

 

So, setting off around the streets lead by the Karamba Samba band beating out a hypnotic rythm, the parade stops at a number of locations to permit one performance or another and ends with a fine display of fire eating in front of the Town Hall.

 

Karamba

 

Difficult to photograph in the low light with lots of movement but definitely a date for next year to try and do better.

 


The Fire eater

 

In the weeks before Christmas, on a cold Thusrday Evening, the Chester Winter Watch parades around the town centre. Legend has it that the Winter Watch Parade dates from the 1400’s  . The City leaders would hand over the keys to the City to the City Watch (or forerunner of the police force) after processing around the City to ensure it was secure. There followed a banquet and celebration of Christmas, knowing the City was safe.

 

In 1990's the tradition was resurrected, without the feast, and has turned into a grand pre-Christmas thrash with drums, dancers, the Lords of Misrule, giants of all varieties, to name but a few of the participants.

 

So, setting off around the streets lead by the Karamba Samba band beating out a hypnotic rythm, the parade stops at a number of locations to permit one performance or another and ends with a fine display of fire eating in front of the Town Hall.

 

Karamba

 

Difficult to photograph in the low light with lots of movement but definitely a date for next year to try and do better.

 


comments (11)

  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Dec 2010, 05:30
Most intriguing, Les! I've never heard of such a thing. Kinda reminds me of something out of South America or Africa somewhere. To be honest, the movement in the low light adds to the macabre feel to this celebration.
Les Auld: I only came across i t by chance Ginnie but it is a grand spectacle. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Dec 2010, 06:14
You've certainly succeeded in capturing the spirit of this celebration ok Les: lovels shots
Les Auld: And it was full of spirit Chris, flaming spirit in fact. Thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 13 Dec 2010, 07:28
Great work les nothing wrong with these images,looks like fun
Les Auld: It was fun Vintage, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Dec 2010, 08:59
Dramatic pictures. I remain jealous of all these things they always do in Liverpool. For us, the festive season falls in summer, when everyone who can afford to is down at the beach.
Les Auld: There are quite a range of events Louis, thanks for the comment.
Otherwise known as `hot lips`? Great capture of the action, and lovely processing. (:o)
Les Auld: He certainly had hot lips when the flame blew back on him later on. Thanks for the comment Rosalyn.
Great pagan event. The drama and setting for the fire eater is very theatrical and good, well captured Les.
Les Auld: The whole event was just great John, thanks for the comment.
You've done a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the occasion Les.. The processing really adds to it too.
Les Auld: Thanks Ron, it did take a bit of work but I'm happy with it.
Intriguing and rather scary set of images, Les. Your presentation & processing; simply superb.
Les Auld: Thanks you Brian, appreciate the comment.
Great couple of pics.
Les Auld: Thanks Ian.
You've done a good job Les if these two pics are anything to go by
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, appreciate the comment.
Looks like an exciting event to watch and photograph. You seem to have done OK with this one in spite of the difficulties.
Les Auld: A bit of work a lot of luck, thanks for the comment Sheila.

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