Sankta Lucia 2016

Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm played the role of Lucia last night as she led the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster.

The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions and celebrates Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century and celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter.

This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers from the Jarfalla chamber choir and Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist.

The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Youngsters from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Youngsters from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Members of the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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Sankta Lucia

The traditional Swedish festival of Sankta Lucia took place tonight at York Minster. The festival is a traditional festival of light that celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. The service features a candlelit procession and carols in celebration of St Lucy, a young Sicilian girl who was said to have been martyred for her Christian faith in the early fourth century. The service, which is run in partnership with York Anglo-Scandanavian Society, starts with a procession led this year by, Sara Kjorling, 24, from Stockholm, wearing a crown of candles, thought to symbolise a halo and a red sash that symbolises martyrdom.

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Nagar Kirtan

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough today with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions.

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Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

 

 

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Looking at the clouds

Hundreds of people marked the Summer Solstice at the ancient stone circle at Castlerigg near Keswick this morning. Many had gathered there the evening before and spent the night amongst the stones. Unfortunately for the gathered crowds the sun didn’t make an appearance due to the heavy cloud cover but despite this those that made the trip to this ancient site seemed to make the most of the time they spent there.

I went up there the afternoon before and spent that evening, through the night and into this morning photographing some of those who were there…

 

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Balloons and Tunes

Stewart Park played host to the Balloons and Tunes festival this weekend in Middlesbrough. The event brought together an array of hot air balloons that were tethered to the ground through the event and whilst blustery conditions made it difficult for the balloons to operate for too long a few of them still managed it through the day and they all had more success as evening approached and the wind dropped allowing the ‘Night Glow’ event to take place.

This saw the balloons firing their burners in a choreographed display alongside music and was quite dramatic to see. Along with the balloons there were fairground rides in abundance and a number of popular tribute acts including Rihanna, Pink and Beyonce performed at certain times through the day for the thousands of visitors who attended the festival.

 

 

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Skipton Waterway Festival

The Skipton Waterway Festival is a popular canal boat event held in the Skipton canal basin in Yorkshire. It is due to attract around 60 to 70 boaters to the three day festival with around 10,000 visitors expected over the bank holiday weekend.

This year the theme of Tour De France Grand Depart was chosen by the organisers, as the first leg of the Tour De France, known as the Grand Depart will be passing through Skipton this year on Saturday 5th July 2014.

 

Skipton Waterway FestivalGordon Hepworth from Skipton

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Janela’

Skipton Waterway FestivalSue Day stands on her narrowboat ‘Elland’

In 2012 Sue was the first person in 60 over years to make the journey between Leeds and Liverpool with a horsedrawn narrowboat

Skipton Waterway FestivalThe Grand Depart was the theme this year

Skipton Waterway FestivalRosie and Jim!

Skipton Waterway FestivalDucks on the water in the morning sun

Skipton Waterway FestivalLooking along the canal

Skipton Waterway FestivalCarol Hayhurst sits on her boat ‘Westwood’

Skipton Waterway FestivalLooking out

Skipton Waterway FestivalCarol Hayhurst looks out of one of the hatches on her boat ‘Westwood’

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Herbie’

Skipton Waterway FestivalMoored at the canal side

Skipton Waterway FestivalNarrowboats are moored up at the start of the 3-day festival

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Juniper’ sails through one of the loch gates

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Juniper’ prepares to moor up alongside

Skipton Waterway FestivalMany of the boats are decorated with painted jugs…

Skipton Waterway Festival…of different designs. All hark back to when water was poured from barrels transported on the top of the boats.

Skipton Waterway Festival‘Constance’

Skipton Waterway FestivalVisitors enjoy a ride on a canal boat tour

Skipton Waterway FestivalNarrowboats are moored alongside

Skipton Waterway FestivalThe Leeds & Liverpool canal in Skipton

Skipton Waterway FestivalThe Leeds & Liverpool canal in Skipton

Skipton Waterway FestivalMolly Bond, 10, from Skipton sits on the front of her families boat

Skipton Waterway FestivalSitting on deck

Skipton Waterway FestivalNarrowboats moored alongside at the festival

Skipton Waterway FestivalJack Carter from Chorley in Lancashire

Skipton Waterway FestivalSylvia and Jack Carter from Chorley in Lancashire on their boat ‘Katherine’

Skipton Waterway FestivalJack Carter from Chorley in Lancashire looks out of one of the hatches

Skipton Waterway FestivalSylvia Carter on board her boat ‘Katherine’ looks at some of her decorative artwork she painted

Skipton Waterway FestivalMorning papers and a brew

Skipton Waterway FestivalMany of the boats had a Grand Depart theme this year

Skipton Waterway FestivalWombles out it force

Skipton Waterway FestivalColette Sloan from Otley lies in her hammock with her guitar

Skipton Waterway Festival

Michael and Lisa Walmsley from Burnley chill out on their boat

Skipton Waterway Festival

Michael Walmsley from Burnley

Skipton Waterway Festival

A man looks out of a side hatch as flags festoon some of the boats

Skipton Waterway FestivalSkipton canal basin

 

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Lumiere lights up…

The Lumiere Light Festival comes to the City of Durham for the third time this weekend and brings large scale projections, neon lights and light installations all used to create a nocturnal art trail through the city….here’s a small selection from earlier this evening….

 

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘Crown of Light’

A projection onto the Cathedral featuring illuminated manuscripts from the Lindisfarne Gospels

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘The Other Side of the Wall’

A visitor looks on at artwork created by sixty offenders from County Durham’s three prisons and one Young Offender’s Institution who worked with the artists to create this installation. Each participant was invited to fill two perspex boxes. One depicting moments from their past and another showing how they see their future.

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘Elephantastic’

A 3D optical illusion of an elephant is projected onto an archway

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘Fete’

An atmospheric installation conjuring up the sights and sounds of an abandoned country fairground

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘Keyframes’

Illuminated stick men come to life and invade the former Miner’s Hall in the City

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘Durham Lumiere’

Lanterns light up the river bank along the River Wear

Lumiere lights up Durham

‘Aquarium’

An iconic red telephone box is transformed into an exotic fish tank

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