Saturday, November 04, 2017

Hot spot of the week Ottery St Mary

Hot spot of the week Ottery St Mary

"The town of Ottery St Mary in England's Devon takes November 5 celebrations to a whole new level in a festival it's hard to believe is still legal in these health-and-safety conscious times. In what is thought to be a more than 400-year-old tradition, men, women and children alike set fire to 30kg wooden barrels lined with the tar, lug them onto their shoulders and run. They keep going until the heat becomes unbearable or the barrel breaks down, typically resulting in a raging inferno. While the fire brigade is on hand, this is certainly no festival for the fainthearted."

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