• Short Summary

    Men run around with blazing barrels of tar in the Festival of Fire of a Devon village.

  • Description

    Ottery St Mary, Devon.

    In this village on Guy Fawkes day we see the local custom of men and boys wearing large mittens and running through the streets with a blazing barrel of tar! At dusk, boys carry small blazing barrels. It looks like a kind of a relay race. A crowd stands around watching.

    A few floats from the carnival procession are seen at night during this Festival of Fire. More blazing barrel shots; these ones are larger and much more fierce; they are carried aloft by the men of the village.

    Commentator says the villages have been performing this pageant since 1668 as a tribute to the landing of King William III.

    Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    393.05
    Media URN:
    4163
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1966
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:26:55:00 / 01:29:30:00
    Canister:
    CP 627

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