Fired up with enthusiasm – Sidmouth’s ‘virtual’ festival still has traditional finale

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography - Credit: Archant

This year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival may have mainly taken place online – but a very real torchlight procession marked the end of the event.

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography - Credit: Archant

Traditionally, crowds line the streets on the final Friday of the festival for the illuminated parade, which is followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the sea.

Last year, the parade and fireworks had to be cancelled because of stormy weather, and this year the whole festival fell victim to coronavirus.

But a small band of people were determined to keep the tradition alive, and staged their own socially distanced procession along the seafront on Friday, August 7.

Members of the Middle Bar Players, Sidmouth Mummers, Sid Vale Community Productions and the Sidmouth Steppers carried their flaming torches to the Port Royal and extinguished them in the sea.

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


Alexa Baker, from the Sidmouth Steppers, said: “As the flames go out it is a time to reflect on the good times had and friendships made, and to look forward to next year’s festival.”

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography

Sidmouth's torchlight parade. Picture: Kyle Baker Photography - Credit: Archant

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus