Festival Of Angels transforms York into a Christmas wonderland

York Press: Nicola Scott, of Paperdoll, in Back Swinegate, poses with an angel Nicola Scott, of Paperdoll, in Back Swinegate, poses with an angel

VIKINGS and panto legend Dame Berwick Kaler played their part as York’s annual Festival Of Angels transformed the city centre into a Christmas wonderland.

The weekend festival featured live ice carving and more than a dozen ice sculptures, including a bust of Berwick, currently appearing in his 35th pantomime at York Theatre Royal, Aladdin And The Twankeys.

Another block of ice, encasing a huge hammer and carved with the logo for next February’s Jorvik Viking Festival, was guarded by a pair of Viking warriors in Davygate.

The block was inscribed with #Ragnarok2014 as part of the countdown to Ragnarok – the Norse apocalypse foretold to take place on February 22.

The hammer, belonging to the Norse god, Thor, was made by Jorvik Viking Centre’s technical team. It was made of wood taken from a tree that stood at the heart of the Coppergate Shopping Centre until earlier this year, and painted silver to look metallic.

Jorvik festival director Danielle Daglan said it was likely the tree’s roots would have reached archaeological deposits under the tree, including rich organic matter from the time of the Vikings in York in the ninth century.

The angels festival, now in its 14th year, took place in the Minster Quarter as well as streets including Low Petergate, Stonegate, St Helen’s Square, King’s Square, Back Swinegate and Davygate.

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12:28pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Platform9 says...

I wasnt as impressed as in previous years - there seemed to be plenty of gaps between the food and drink stalls. Was still busy though so hopefully brought the revenue in.

Thanks once again to The Press advertising AFTER the event!
I wasnt as impressed as in previous years - there seemed to be plenty of gaps between the food and drink stalls. Was still busy though so hopefully brought the revenue in. Thanks once again to The Press advertising AFTER the event! Platform9

12:31pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Miss Nono says...

I too was disappointed, there weren't as many sculptures on display as previous years, however, the ones there were very good.
I too was disappointed, there weren't as many sculptures on display as previous years, however, the ones there were very good. Miss Nono

3:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

mjr119 says...

Sculptures were great, but the event seemed to be suffering the same problem as every gig you go to - too many people trying to capture the whole thing on a smart phone.

Everyone was stood ten paces away in order to honour some sort of new social code where you don't ruin another's potential facebook/twitter post.

It's getting really boring.
Sculptures were great, but the event seemed to be suffering the same problem as every gig you go to - too many people trying to capture the whole thing on a smart phone. Everyone was stood ten paces away in order to honour some sort of new social code where you don't ruin another's potential facebook/twitter post. It's getting really boring. mjr119

8:06pm Mon 16 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

What happened to the Tour de France scuplture.....?
What happened to the Tour de France scuplture.....? pedalling paul

11:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

nearlyman says...

pedalling paul wrote:
What happened to the Tour de France scuplture.....?
It fell down a pothole !
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: What happened to the Tour de France scuplture.....?[/p][/quote]It fell down a pothole ! nearlyman

1:53am Tue 17 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

nearlyman wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
What happened to the Tour de France scuplture.....?
It fell down a pothole !
Bravo! that made me chuckle.

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To be honest, I more or less stumbled upon these ice sculptures entirely by random whilst shopping.... there was NO mention of it in the Press, and NO banners fitted to lamp posts around the city beforehand to make people aware of it. I mean come on, is this the best York can do? as it is we only seem to have half a dozen fairly lights in some of York's most famous streets, some city centre streets have no festive illuminations at all - and York's illuminations this year have been outdone by places such as Harrogate, Goole and Thirsk.... In terms of size, York is similar to Carlisle (a tiny bit bigger), and yet last year I went to Carlisle and was suprised to see how nicely they had done their lights; then I got on a train back home, and cycle home past a few LED's in jam jars.
[quote][p][bold]nearlyman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: What happened to the Tour de France scuplture.....?[/p][/quote]It fell down a pothole ![/p][/quote]Bravo! that made me chuckle. -- To be honest, I more or less stumbled upon these ice sculptures entirely by random whilst shopping.... there was NO mention of it in the Press, and NO banners fitted to lamp posts around the city beforehand to make people aware of it. I mean come on, is this the best York can do? as it is we only seem to have half a dozen fairly lights in some of York's most famous streets, some city centre streets have no festive illuminations at all - and York's illuminations this year have been outdone by places such as Harrogate, Goole and Thirsk.... In terms of size, York is similar to Carlisle (a tiny bit bigger), and yet last year I went to Carlisle and was suprised to see how nicely they had done their lights; then I got on a train back home, and cycle home past a few LED's in jam jars. Magicman!

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