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The Bell wows crowds with fiery street theatre

The Bell, performed by Periplum, was brought to the town via the Corn Exchange, and took the open-mouthed audience on a 360 degree experience of two warring clans featuring daring aerobatics, fighting stilt-walkers and hair-frazzling pyrotechnics.
Organisers claim 3,500 people were in attendance to watch the spectacular and a hush descended as the dusk settled and the sound of a tolling bell boomed out.
Newbury is no stranger to battles however it is unlikely the town has ever seen a set-to quite like that which followed as samurai warriors on stilts barged their way through the throng to take on their foes on strategically placed trampolines around the square.
As the story unfolded the fireworks and fire displays grew more impressive, peaking with the burning of a giant bell as ticker tape rained down on the crowd, who departed clapping and cheering.
For more pictures see Thursday’s Newbury Weekly News.

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