Here in Brighton there is a gemusing little festival (going "all the way back" to 1995) held on the 21st of December, to mark the winter solstice, known as "Burning The Clocks".
As per Burning The Clocks:
"People gather to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year. No lantern is better for its purpose than any other, all are unique to the maker and precious, but all are given up to be burnt to greet the lengthening days.Anyhoo, as loyal readers have already doubtless guessed, Nanny cannot possibly allow anything involving a group of people and naked flames to go ahead without sticking her bony old nose into it.
Burning the Clocks combines a family solstice parade with a high quality fire show and fireworks for the whole city. The lantern makers invest their lanterns with their wishes, hopes, and fears and then pass them into the fire."
Thus it should come as no surprise at all to learn that this year candles will be replaced with electric lights.
Health and safety concerns.
The Argus reports that the lights will replace about 400 candles during the lantern procession that travels through the city before a bonfire takes place on the beach.
Before the lanterns are thrown on the bonfire at the end, the LED lights will be taken out.
Ironically in neighbouring Lewes, on 5 November, street processions of burning torches are perfectly permissible even though there are numerous injuries each year!
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