The Stove joined in too - it has now become a bit of a tradition that we contribute something of the outdoor ambience to BBS (not quite sure how we ended up with that job at a festival in January!). This year we staged the Big Burn - but before we get to that there were a coupl of other wee Stovish things to enjoy - we made a lantern for the procession:
|The Stove's 'bunch of balloons' lantern - made by Danae Marshall, Iain Gisbey, Hayley Stephens and Sara Redden. Seen here at the front of the Homecoming Parade - carried by Hayley and Sara and ably assisted by Sara's daughter Daisy.|
Katie Anderson made her own installation 'Close Enough' for the close next to The Stove:
|'Close Enough' by Katie Anderson - domestic wallpaper designs stretched and interpreted in UV paint with an accompanying soundtrack of environmental sound and spoken word|
|Will proved his mettle as firestarter general|
|No barriers....no problem|
|Regular marshmallow action on the flaming logs that stood around the fire|
|Extreme marshmallow toasting|
The next unexpected addition was the arrival of the Cairn Chorus who were led to the Big Burn by Wendy Stewart. They sang beautifully for 20 minutes and included the most emotionally stirring version of Auld Lang Syne that I have ever heard. The fact that we were sitting around a fire in Dumfries on Robert Burns' birthday was lost on no-one.
|The Cairn Chorus at The Big Burn|
The next intervention around the fire was the arrival of a troupe of mysteriously masked dancers:
|Dancers in black and white at top left|
One of our Turkish neighbours played a bit of drum and danced briefly....tatties were baked and consumed and tea was had. Then the D+G Fire service arrived and offered to help us put the fire out.....who can refuse a handsome fireman with a hose....
|D+G Fire Rescue performing at The Big Burn|
Thanks to everyone who made The Big Burn such a success - great craic and lovley to spend time with old friends and new. We have a feeling this just might become a Big Burns Supper regular feature....maybe we might be allowed an even bigger fire next year???