A FIRE festival on New Year’s Eve has raised £18,000 for good causes, breaking the event’s record.

Flamborough Fire Festival attracted more than 5,000 from all over the UK, who watched the burning of a Viking Longship to mark the arrival of 2020.

Jane Emmerson, festival organiser, said: “It is all absolutely wonderful as the event is helping to promote tourism for Flamborough and East Yorkshire with requests for local accommodation, food and refreshments in big demand.

“We understand that people are already booking their accommodation for this year’s festival with Flamborough village and surrounding areas almost booked up. I know the team have been delighted with the festival’s amazing success, which is now in its fifth year, but this year was the greatest success ever with a record crowds taking part in the torchlight procession and the largest amount of donations collected at any event to date.”

The festival’s organising team will be holding its annual charity presentation evening next month when they will present donations to their adopted charities.

Plans are also in place to bring new ideas to this year’s festival which, once again, will be held on New Year’s Eve in the village.

The team would like to thank everyone who attended the event and who gave a donation, and also the residents of Flamborough for their support.

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