NO8785 : New Years Day, Stonehaven

taken 11 years ago, near to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

New Years Day, Stonehaven
New Years Day, Stonehaven
Here is the evidence of the previous nights celebrations.The'fireball'is a cage of wire netting about two feet in circumference, packed with all sorts of flammable material and soaked in paraffin. It is attached to a five foot length of wire and can weigh up to twenty pounds. Swinging it around your head is no mean feat. The display parades through the streets and then the 'fireballs' are tossed into the sea.These unusual celebrations seem to be linked to an old 19th century fishermans festival, and maybe even pagan festivals before that.
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Date Taken
Monday, 1 January, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 15 January, 2007
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Event > Festival   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NO 877 855 [100m precision]
WGS84: 56:57.6397N 2:12.1541W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NO 876 855
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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