THE SPIRAL OF LIGHT HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED UNTIL SATURDAY 27 FEBRUARY
BECAUSE OF A SEVERE WEATHER WARNING FOR SATURDAY 6TH.
A spiral of flares will once more be lit around the Dovecote Hill in Bruton on Saturday 6 February to celebrate Candlemas in the town's Spiral of Light Festival. The ancient landmark will be visible from all over Bruton as the hill is covered with flares.
The Candlemas festival originates in pre-Christian times, marking the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox, but it came to be the day when all the candles to be used in church during the forthcoming year were blessed. On Candlemas night, lighted candles were placed in windows and in the earth to symbolically warm the ground in preparation for the spring.
The popular National Trust beauty spot will be transformed as soon as darkness falls, not only by a spiral of flares, but also by a variety of entertainments at the foot of the hill – including live drumming! Warming drinks and food will be served from 5 to 7pm. A firework display will finish off the evening in spectacular style.
Now in its 20th year, the event will help raise funds for a local charity supporting young carers as well as for the Unicef Syria Appeal. The flares can be sponsored and dedicated to loved ones, in what has become an important part of the festival. As last year, the Spiral of Light is being promoted by Bruton Festival of Arts, who are hoping for a good turn-out at this family event.
The evening starts at 5pm at St Mary's Church, with a short Service of Light accompanied by the children's choir. At 5.30pm there will be a candlelit procession from the church to Jubilee Park at the foot of the Dovecote Hill and children will be able to make their own lanterns in a special workshop beforehand. Entry is free but families, individuals and businesses are encouraged to sponsor flares by contacting Rachel Carr-Hill on firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Green Monkey, 35 High Street. Donations to the two charities will be most welcome at the event.