In Pictures: Burning The Clocks returns after a two-year hiatus

Thousands of people took to the streets of Brighton last night to celebrate the winter solstice.

The annual Burning The Clocks celebration returned after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, with residents parading paper and wicker lanterns through the town center before placing them on a beachside bonfire.

Crowds lined the streets to see the extravagant designs along with the dancers and musicians.

The event is a celebration of the new year and the past, a “time for reflection and reflection”.

The Argos:

Robert Batson, executive producer at Same Sky, which is organizing the event, said: “It’s been heartbreaking to cancel the event for the last two years, so it will be so exciting to bring it back, and on such a big scale.

“There is no better way to celebrate the winter solstice.”

Mayor Lizzie Deane was among those taking part in the parade, leading the procession along with Council President Phélim Mac Cafferty and Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas.

The Argus: Brighton celebrities attended the eventFamous faces from Brighton attended the event (Image: Nick Henley and Andrew Gardner/The Argus)

Lizzie praised the event organizers for a “fantastic” return. She said: “Same Sky is doing an excellent job of bringing everything together, working with the children in the schools and all the volunteers and funders are putting on a fantastic event which is a real highlight on the Brighton calendar.”

The theme of this year’s parade was “nature” and the lanterns contained models of insects and animals.

The Argus: This creature has been seen at the processionsThis creature has been seen taking part in the processions (Image: Andrew Matthews/PA)

It ended with a bonfire and fireworks by the sea, where each lantern was lit during a ritual ceremony around an effigy of a ‘wildman’, accompanied by background electronic music and a reactive dance and light show.

The Argos:

The celebration costs over £45,000 to produce each year and much of this is supported through a crowdfunding campaign alongside sponsors including Arts Council England and Hanningtons Brighton.

This year the crowdfunding campaign raised £2,151, which is further boosted by donations from collectors with buckets and contactless card readers.

Same Sky said the event does not receive guaranteed funding and “relies heavily on donations from the community to make this massive event possible”. In Pictures: Burning The Clocks returns after a two-year hiatus

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