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Isle of Fire takes over Barry Island as event is hailed ‘best year yet’

 

25 July 2017

 

A spectacular show saw Barry Island’s skies lit up as the popular Isle of Fire returned for its fourth year.

 

On Saturday 22 July, 5,000 people gathered on opening night, in anticipation of what this year’s two- day event had in store.

 

 Big crowds on the Isle of FireA fire breathing dragon

 

With giant fire sculptures, a ten-foot tall lobster and fire performances from Flame Oz, the island was overflowing with bright colours and sounds. 

 

A weekend of New Orleans jazz was provided by musicians Wonderbrass, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, and a few fire singers were performing too.

 

 

A lantern parade was led by Barry Island Primary School pupils, closely followed by the famous fire breathing dragon on a Viking ship sailed by angry Vikings. 

 

Councillor Bob Penrose, Vale of Glamorgan Council  Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture, said :

 

“The Council has overseen the extensive regeneration of Barry Island Promenade in recent years and events like this help showcase what a wonderful location it is.

 

“I’m thrilled so many turned out to sample The Isle of fire, which attracted people from far and wide to the Vale. It is just one in a series of events set to take place on the Island over the coming weeks and we believe all those in the Barry Island Weekenders programme will prove just as appealing and successful.”

 

 A fire breathing dragon boat on the promenadeMusicians lead a parade

 

The Isle of fire was the first of several Barry Island weekenders lined up for summer 2017.

 

Live bands and music artists will take over the island’s promenade at this year’s Street Music Weekender, from July 29-30.

 

For more information on events across the Vale this summer, visit http://www.visitthevale.com/en/Events/Events.aspx