Happy Tar Barrels 2019! Cannons ring out to start famous event

PUBLISHED: 07:48 05 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:40 05 November 2019

The canons have been fired at different locations around the town to mark the start of Tar Barrels. A still from a video by Kerry Drew. Picture: Kerry Drew

The canons have been fired at different locations around the town to mark the start of Tar Barrels. A still from a video by Kerry Drew. Picture: Kerry Drew

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It was an early morning wake-up call for some, as the sound of cannons echoed around Ottery to herald the start to Tar Barrels.

The November 5 tradition begins with cannon fire in the early hours of the morning, with the first shots fired around 5am.

This afternoon the barrel rolling will commence with the juniors and then adult barrels all the way up to midnight.

Kerry Drew woke up early to film the cannons being fired. The first at Ottery's tennis court shortly before 6am, Millcroft at 6.15am and finally Chanters House at 6.45am.

Cannons will be fired just before the first junior barrel this afternoon.

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