Wicker man goes up in flames at festival

SPRING The wicker man at the Beltain festival being burnt
SPRING The wicker man at the Beltain festival being burnt

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THE burning of the wicker man at an Iron Age farm was a roaring success.

Hundreds of people gathered for Beltain Festival which is celebrated every year at Butser Ancient Farm.

The working farm, in Chalton, near Waterlooville, marks the start of summer with the burning of a 30ft wicker man made in the days leading up to Saturday’s event by staff at the farm.

This year there was music, traditional crafts, Morris Men and food.

The money raised goes towards the upkeep of the farm which has recently had a new visitor centre added after years of staff being cramped in a shed in the grounds.

The site was founded in 1970 as a place archaeologists could experiment.

To find out about upcoming events and educational visits go to butserancientfarm.co.uk.