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Villagers enjoy Midsummer Revels at Kenninghall Woods

PUBLISHED: 16:51 28 June 2012

Villagers watching parish council chairman Steve Gordon (

Villagers watching parish council chairman Steve Gordon ("Master of Revels") and Anne-Marie Clark with the "Dragon of Dreams" at the Midsummer Revels at Kenninghall Woods.

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A "Dragon of Dreams" carried people's wishes into the sky when it was lit at this year's Midsummer Revels in Kenninghall Woods.

Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” was the theme of this year’s event, and children from Kenninghall Primary School joined in the fun by reading short extracts from the play and performing a Bollywood-style dancing display on Saturday, June 23.

Anne-Marie Clark, of Kenninghall Lands Trust which manages the community woodland, said: “It was a wonderful event – great fun and the weather was kind to us, too. Just one or two showers – not enough to dampen our spirits. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.”

The 1st Diss Scouts demonstrated the ancient art of making a “Need Fire” – a natural friction method without matches or flint, these fires were once traditionally lit on hilltops to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes.

The giant “Dragon of Dreams” – painted by Ivan Clark – stood guard in the centre of a specially created spiral labyrinth which revellers walked, before placing their wishes in the dragon’s pouch in exchange for a small donation. Later, the dragon was released into the bonfire to carry everyone’s wishes into the sky.

Other attractions included the Kenninghall Morris performing the merry dances of Olde England, a fancy dress competition, Kenninghall Drummers, refreshments and dancing to the Rum Kelta Ceilidh Band.

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