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In Pictures: Wickerman festival heralds start of summer

Organisers said the event was a sell-out.

Members of the Pentacle Drummers perform in front of the burning wickerman during the Beltain Festival (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Members of the Pentacle Drummers perform in front of the burning wickerman during the Beltain Festival (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Visitors flocked to Waterlooville, Hampshire, for the traditional Beltain Festival.

The Celtic celebration, at Butser Ancient Farm, marks the beginning of summer.

Organisers said the event drew a sell-out crowd.

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People attach messages and wishes to the giant wickerman (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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The Hook Eagle Morris Dancers perform during the Beltain Festival (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Visitors were encouraged to keep warm on a chilly evening (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Members of the Pentacle Drummers perform in front of the burning wickerman (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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(Andrew Matthews/PA)

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