Devizes street festival blazes a trail
The Crammer pond in Devizes was alive with fire and light at the end of a hugely successful first day of the Devizes International Street Festival on Sunday.
The Crammer Constellation, as it was called, was a “fire garden” created on the pond by pyrotechnics company And Now who spent all day installing dozens of flares and fire dishes across the pond.
Former mayor and mayoress, Kelvin and Pam Nash and their son Philip, had spent all morning putting up the safety barrier at the Estcourt Street end of the Crammer. Mrs Nash said: “It was four hours of hard work but seeing it like it is now, it was worth it.”
Well before dark, hundreds of people began lining the water and were enthralled, as darkness fell, to see the garden come to life with the help of the And Now team in a variety of effective props and costume.
It was the culmination of a day that had started unpromisingly with dark skies and drizzle. But by 2pm the sun had come out and so had the performers.
Pif-Paf, who have visited the street festival before, impressed an appreciative audience with their inventive and acrobatic drama on a weird contraption that was part trapeze and part rotor.
Circle of Two also used acrobats to amaze the crowds on The Green but with an underlying moral about the changing attitudes towards women.
Other acts included Ian Deadly with his slack-wire act, Stefano di Renzo, who also used circus skills to tell a story, Jessica Arpin with the premiere performance of her new show Kalabazi, Mattress Circus and many more.
The music tent was in full swing with performances by bands such as Phil King, Bataleurs and Flash Harry.
And there were stalls galore, offering everything from real ale to winkles. Mayor Pete Smith said: “This is a wonderful event and once again we are blessed with perfect weather. This town really punches above its weight with events like this.”
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