Newbury town canals set for Ablaze 'festival of fire'

Ablaze artist's impression
Image caption The event includes spinning "fire vortexe"s along the canal

More than 5,000 people are expected to visit a "festival of fire" to mark 20 years of one of Berkshire's live venues.

The Corn Exchange in Newbury has set up braziers, fire artists, large fire horns, and "spinning vortexes" on the Kennet and Avon Canal for the weekend.

Producer Simon Chatterton said the canals were a "hidden gem", which would be turned into "something spectacular".

The trail runs from West Mills Swing Bridge to Victoria Park.

Katy Griffiths, director of the venue, said: "We know how popular our outdoor events have been in the past and we can't think of a better way to invite the local community to celebrate our 20th birthday with us."

The Corn Exchange is a Grade-II listed building which opened for trade to merchants and farmers in 1861 before becoming a community venue.

Following a £3.5m refurbishment in 1993 it reopened as a 400-seat theatre.

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