Wicker’s wonderful world

The tiny Solway village of Dundrennan was rocking last weekend as the biggest yet Wickerman Festival attracted a diverse array of “Wicker folk” from all parts of Britain and abroad.

Now in its tenth year and celebrating in style, the festival continues to draw visitors, with more than 100,000 now having made the trip to Dumfries and Galloway, each eager to take a dip into the nostalgic history of the cult movie, The Wickerman.

The gates at East Kirkcarswell opened on Thursday at around 12.30pm for the first of this year’s visitors.

By early evening, the place was heaving – even a little rain couldn’t dampen their spirits and the Wicker faithful were rewarded with a brilliant day on Saturday with constant sunshine.

More than 15,000 fans from as far as San Francisco and Sydney descended on the farm where they were entertained by exhilarating performances from the likes of James, Feeder, The Coral, The Pigeon Detectives, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Noisettes, The Hoosiers, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club (DJ Set), The Damned and From The Jam.

As a bonus, this year’s festival-goers were able take a chill-out break and enjoy the broadest array of activities yet, with fire-walking, segway hire, Laser Quest and Zippo’s Big Top Circus all on hand to offer a relaxing contrast to the non-stop music treats being served up all around the festival site.

As midnight on Saturday approached, a lone piper was elevated high into the night sky, picked out by a solitary beam of light as everyone gathered for the spectacular finale to the weekend – the burning of the Wickerman.

As the flames consumed the pagan symbol, with flares erupting from the horns, arms and eyes to add to the effect, the heavens exploded in a stunning fireworks display, bringing this year’s Wickerman Festival to a spectacular end.