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Burning the Clocks, Winter Solstice 2016

Burning the Clocks, Winter Solstice 2016
Pete Humphreys

Brighton has once again celebrated the Winter Solstice in its own unique way.

The centre of Brighton was packed for the annual Burning the Clocks, celebrating the shortest day of the year.

Over 2,000 people took part in the processions and hundreds more watched as lanterns were paraded from New Road to Madeira Terrace where the clock burning took place.

The Bonfire (Nathan Klein)

The Bonfire (Nathan Klein)

This year, the lanterns were loaded into a giant paper ship which was then set alight.

Brighton and Hove mayor Pete West was among those taking part, writing on his Facebook page: “Burning the Clocks is a distinctly Brighton annual celebration of the winter solstice: a spectacular marking of the turning point from growing darkness to returning light.

“Now in its 24th year, and staged by Same Sky art initiative, Burning the Clocks has 2,000 participants and draws around 20,000 onlookers.

Burning the Clocks

Thousands marched in the procession (Nathan Klein)

“The celebration is based on a procession of lanterns and costumes, made from willow withies and white tissue paper, led by local bands with a carnival atmosphere.

“This year my children Eoin, Clodagh, Tiarnán and I joined the head of the procession, where I helped bucket collectors ensure vital funds are raised to keep this event free.

Burning the Clocks

Carnival Atmosphere (Nathan Klein)

“Later on at the special after party, on behalf of Same Sky, I was able to thank volunteers and sponsors for their support: including the University of Brighton Juice Brighton, the Chilli Pickle, Patterns restuarant and Arka Original Funerals.

“Fantastic evening. Don’t you just love this city.”

The event was rounded off with a huge firework display.

All Photos: Nathan Klein

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