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Tar Barrels 2018

Tar Barrels 2018

Bonfire nights in Devon are more than just fireworks – we have flaming tar barrels.

This year, the Guild organised the coaches to and from Ottery St Mary and tickets were sold by societies to members and non-members. We sold over 1,300 tickets!

The tar barrels is a tradition that spans hundreds of years. Its exact origins are unknown but it could’ve possibly started after the gunpowder plot of 1605. The tradition involves people carrying lighted tar barrels through the streets on their backs. Ottery St Mary also hosts the largest bonfire in all of Devon on the night.

Here are some images captured from the evening (shared to us by Marie Desonniaux)

If you were there and you have some great images to share, feel free to tag us on social media @exeterguild!




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