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In Pictures: Fire festival brings light to dark winter night

The Imbolc festival in Marsden sees the Green Man vanquish Jack Frost to bring on the change of seasons.

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A fire artist depicting Jack Frost during the Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival (Danny Lawson/PA)

A fire artist depicting Jack Frost during the Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival (Danny Lawson/PA)

A fire artist depicting Jack Frost during the Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival (Danny Lawson/PA)

A West Yorkshire town has marked the end of winter and the coming of spring with an ancient Celtic festival.

Imbolc is a pagan festival marking St Brigid’s Day and is held every second year in Marsden.

The event starts with a torch-lit procession through the town, with songs and drumming heralding the arrival of fire dancers and costumed performers.

The highlight is a battle between Jack Frost and the Green Man, who aims to end winter and herald the spring.

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