A FIRE pendulum, aerial shows, pyrotechnics, crazy costumes - tonight, Grantham has seen it all!
Thousands of people came out into the town centre tonight (Friday) to be part of the first ever Gravity Fields Festival, an eight-day science and arts event which culminated in tonight’s amazing finale.
There were fairground rides in Wide Westgate, food stalls, live music and a giant fire pendulum in Market Place, all the colours of the rainbow shining on to the spire of St Wulfram’s Church, and so much more.
The largest of the crowds gathered on the green in St Peter’s Hill to watch as the incredible Cirque Bijou performed some fantastic aerial feats from a crane high up in the air. A light show lit up the Guildhall, and the night sky.
Meanwhile, several individual groups - totalling around 1,000 people - were involved in processions throughout the town centre, joining together at the end of the night to parade down the High Street before watching a final performance by Cirque Bijou.
The festival, organised by South Kesteven District Council in conjunction with Rosa Productions, was designed to celebrate the link between Grantham and its son Sir Isaac Newton. The great scientist and his theories have taken centre stage at various venues across Grantham and the wider area this week, with lectures by experts, art, music, science demonstrations and more.
The idea of tonight’s grand finale was that it would be a celebration for Grantham people. Entitled ‘Transformation of the Town’, festival organisers hoped thousands of people would turn out to take part in the festivities And thousands certainly did, creating an amazing atmosphere throughout the town.
* Visit the website for more video footage, photos and reaction throughout the week, and catch Friday’s Journal for a round-up of tonight’s action, plus coverage of other Gravity Fields events.