This was by far the most Quirky event I have ever photographed.
Locals of Ottery carry the annual tradition of racing through the town with flaming tar barrels on their shoulders.
The way it’s set up is throughout the town, specific points (usually pubs) are chosen. A new barrel is set ablaze and the chosen locals run in any direction, racing through the crowds (whom move surprisingly fast to dodge the flaming balls of fire)
Why? This is a tradition the town has held annually for centuries and of course the origins of the beautifully bizarre event are unknown, but many suggestions have ben thrown out there from the villagers try to cast out evil lingering spirits from the town, to the warning that the spainsih armada was approaching (1605)