Durham market place sees very first fire and ice festival

Spectacular finale show of the first for the city festival of this kind.

An unusual ice and fire trail was witnessed by the visitors of Durham on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20.

Ten beautiful hand-carved ice sculptures and flame beacons were waiting to be uncovered along the streets of the city centre.

The highlight of the day was the evening show, which took place in front of St Nicholas’ Church, featuring fire, dancing waters, projection the snow and smoke, co-ordinated to loud music.

The festival was inspired by exploration of the North and South Poles.

An ice bust of Durham-born explorer Robert Swan, the first person to walk to both Poles, together with whale, penguin, seal and wolf were only few of the sculptures that brought joy to children and adults.

The sculptures were created using traditional techniques by the leading ice artisans at Glacial Art, international ice sculpture champions and creators of ice sets for HBO: Games of Thrones.

It is hoped the success of the festival will see it become an annual event.

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