October 29, 2013: Sunday saw work starting on tar barrels and torches for the 110th Hatherleigh Carnival. A team of 12 (one for each month in the year) gathered at Donald's field just outside Hatherleigh to make the 52 (weeks in the year) torches needed for the floats, plus a few others for the frame and lighting the barrels. These torches are now soaking in paraffin in readiness for their sacrifice on Carnival Day.
Work also started on the frame (see picture below). This remains naked until Carnival morning when 12 torches - one for each month of the year - are added in preparation for the night's procession. And as the hammering and cursing continued, Dale (see picture) quietly got on with painting another coat of tar on the barrels. Things are hotting up.
Are you taking part on the 9th? More volunteers are needed to carry torches alongside the floats. How about you? It's not hard and it adds to the spectacle, helping keep Hatherleigh Carnival THE best in the West. Call Dawn on 810265.
Finally, here's a picture of the half-finished frame and the team who turned up to build it.
(PS: If you'd like to join the Tar Barrels team, contact Dawn on 810265).