Left: Lighting the candle at sunset on solstice eve. This is the light that will
be kept alight during the longest night of the year, until the sun arises a new on
the next day.
Pictured, John (Mayor of Amesbury) with a representative of English Heritage and
this years lantern bearer.
The lantern is taken to the sacred spring to be presented to the community.
Friends start to gather for the lantern parade
As if knowing the importance of this parade to so many people, the stormy wet wether
abated, allowing a dry clear and virtually wind free pause whilst the parade and
ceremony were completed. Frank led the community ceremony at the lantern.
For the first time this year we had song, in the form of ‘Let it go’ from Frozen,
sang for us by the lovely Lucy Howell, and Jingle-bells as sung spontaneously by
Thanks to the organisers and everyone who came in their hundreds to take part, this
year was a wonderful event.
The photo’s below are available to be seen on ‘inside Wiltshire’ website gallary,
who very kindly allowed us to reproduce them here: