When we where approached to do a bonfire night event we where more than excited for it, but when the Lock and Quay said they had an actual boat ( that had been used for many years as a seating area but was a bit past its best) to use for a boat burning. Well, how could we say anything but… YES.
When we arrived on the Sunday morning and saw how well the boat had been decorated we where more than impressed, and excited for the festivities later that night. We had a full day of talking to all the attendees about the Viking crafts and displays we had brought along with some amazing questions and people having a go.
As we got closer to the evening we staged a combat display where one of our brave warriors, Bjorn dwarf killer, ‘died’, …so now we knew who was going on the boat!
As darkness fell the attendees gathered at the boat ready for the big event, Bjorn was carried to his final resting place by his shield brothers (including his recently arrived twin brother ….) in a torch lit procession, his shield brothers placed him on the boat in a gentle and loving way (we believe the phrase used now is.. yeeted ).
Our two skilled archers then loosed their arrows at the boat, and the attendees threw their torches on the boat and everyone watched the spectacular boat go up in flames. This was followed by some spectacular fire fireworks, it was definitely an event to remember.