Monday, 22 December 2008

Burning the Clocks in Brighton

Here in Brighton we have a wonderful Solstice celebration. We have been going since before the kids were born and have participated almost every year since. It gets easier each time. The evening starts with a couple of hours of waiting in the corn exchange but this is well worth it because, as official participants, we get stamps on our hands that give us access to the best area for watching the show at the end.

This is what happened when we went along this year with cousins S and D and their mum. This is also an experiment with the new Flip camera! The original quality is much better but too big to share easily. There is no sound track on here - the music is the music played at the final show. It is a weird and wonderful Brighton event. I love it.

5 comments:

Di said...

That looks like so much fun. Makes me want to live in Brighton ... Mind you we have got invented traditions involving burning things up here too: we are planning this for New Years Eve http://www.north-country.co.uk/tar-barrels.htm (without children though ...)

(Sorry, not sure how to do embedded links)

Thanks for the lovely card!

Allie said...

I do like invented traditions. Apparently, a student contacted Same Sky (people who run Burning the Clocks) asking for help as she wanted to write her dissertation on the history of burning the clocks. They had to tell her it was only fifteen years old!

I like burning tar barrels. Not with kids, though! They do one in Lewes. That is a real tradition, of course. Never taken the kids to Lewes yet as it all gets a bit mad and there are lots of drunken adults.

Thanks for your card, too!

Di said...

I think the one in Allendale is a real tradition, actually.

As to the student: shame she didn't pursue it really! There must be an interesting story to tell about those 15 years, though not the one she thought she'd be writing.

a said...

Great video, think I spotted J and F very briefly watching the procession going past!
Come to Lewes, it's really only a bit mad, promise.

Allie said...

I can't see J and F but will watch again more closely!

I used to go to Lewes as a kid sometimes, with an uncle who knew a back way in to the Cliffe fire. This mean we were right at the front, amongst the rain of bangers and next to the mighty fire. I'm sure it is possible to visit in a more calm way. It certainly is a spectacle that the kids should probably see at some point!