Norse heritage celebrated at Sheringham Scira Festival


Blackleaf
#1
A seaside town in Norfolk has celebrated its Norse heritage at its annual Viking festival.

The Scira Festival in Sheringham included battles, fire-breathers and the creation of a Viking village.

It culminated in burning a 28ft longboat to send a king to Valhalla - the hall of slain warriors.

Norse heritage celebrated at Sheringham Scira Festival


BBC News
24 February 2019


Magnus Shieldbreaker, the Viking name used by Richard Mehmed from Lowestoft, said events like Scira Festival are about "linking with our ancestors"


A seaside town in Norfolk has celebrated its Norse heritage at its annual Viking festival.

The Scira Festival in Sheringham included battles, fire-breathers and the creation of a Viking village.

It culminated in burning a 28ft longboat to send a king to Valhalla - the hall of slain warriors.

The word Sheringham is thought to be a combination of the Old Norse word for the Viking lord Scira - pronounced "Shira" - and "Heim", meaning home.

It fits with regional folklore that the area was gifted to Scira in recognition of his bravery in battle.


Vikings donned traditional gear and wielded swords


Jackie Bush, from Banham, took part in the celebrations in the Viking village

The town's deputy mayor Liz Withington said it was "really important" such events took place to help "change the idea of traditional seaside towns being [active only from] May to September".

"No marauding Vikings are going to permanently take over Sheringham," she joked.


The boat was given a guard of honour before it was burned


The Leas, the traditional front of the north Norfolk coastal town, was turned into the village


The event culminated in the burning of a longboat


Hrafnkell, aka Steve Gilham, from Fritton in Norfolk, said attendees "love a good party"


Flaming torches were used to burn the boat


Crowds were treated to battle re-enactments



Photographs by Martin Barber.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-47348108
 
Curious Cdn
#2
Was Sigurd the Purple, there?
 
Curious Cdn
#3
He's a Norse of a different colour.
 
Blackleaf
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Was Sigurd the Purple, there?

So called because he votes Ukip.
 
Curious Cdn
#5
... and Eric the Red is Labour, I take it.
 
Blackleaf
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

... and Eric the Red is Labour, I take it.

Yeah.

Alfhild the Blue is a Tory voter.

Ingiger­r the Yellow is a Liberal Democrat voter.

Solveig the Green is a Green Party voter.

Gunnhild the Red, White and Blue is a BNP voter.

Thorsten the Yellow and Black is an SNP supporter.

Ingeborg the Gold and Green is a Plaid Cymru supporter.

Hoder the Light Blue is a UUP supporter or a Brexit Party supporter.

Halfdan the Maroon is a PBP voter.
 
Curious Cdn
#7
Blood Axe the Red and White is a Man-U supporter
 
Blackleaf
#8
Hingebrand the Trotter is a Bolton Wanderers fan.

Aethelstan the Yid is a Spurs fan.

Ingvar the Dagger sounds like a bloke you don't want to mess with, but his name actually stems from the fact he's a Dagenham & Redbridge fan.
 

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