The most wonderful time of the year….
What is it that makes Glastonbury’s annual Frost Fayre so special? It’s certainly my favourite event of the year and it seems to be popular with everyone – locals, visitors and shopkeepers. I think the answer lies in community. Glastonbury is remarkable for having so many different faiths and special interest groups, all coexisting rather peaceably, but we tend to hang out in our own little tribes. It’s at Frost Fayre that we all get together – the Churches, the Assembly Rooms and the Way Out Space host stalls, local bands play on the outdoor stages, local craftspeople and food producers sell their wares. The town’s dignitaries all have their parts to play and the Town Crier gets to lubricate his vocal cords with mulled cider.
It was great to see the visiting elves from Wales, they enjoyed it so much last year they came back with their friends. Travellers (both crusty and tweedy) come from near and far and congregate around Sanger’s Stage outside the King Arthur. I overheard a middle-aged punk at the bar saying she’d seen the photos of last year’s Fayre on Facebook and decided to make the journey all the way down from Sheffield, having not visited the town since 1989. It’s a great coming together, the last big one of the year until we welcome again the crowds of visiting fairies, goddesses, Megalithomaniacs and Glastonbury Festival goers in 2019.
Here’s my video of the event, featuring my favourite band of the day – Animal Krackers, some visiting Morris Dancers, Glastonbury’s Drummers and some young Krishna devotees visiting from London, followed by some of the pictures I took on the day. For video and images of previous years see my Frost Fayre 2016 and Frost Fayre 2017 posts.
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