In Pictures: Longboat ceremony brings viking festival to fiery finish

A longboat was set alight amid spectacular scenes on a Norfolk beach as the Sheringham Viking Festival took place on Saturday.

The word Sheringham is thought to be a combination of the Old Norse word for the Viking lord Scira – pronounced “Shira” – and “Heim”, meaning home.

Re-eanctors prepare to burn a longboat
Re-enactors prepare to burn a longboat at the Sheringham Viking Festival (Joe Giddens/PA)
Re-enactors prepare to burn a longboat
(Joe Giddens/PA)
Re-enactors raise their weapons
Re-enactors raise their weapons during the festival (Joe Giddens/PA)
Re-enactors make their way on to the beach
(Joe Giddens/PA)
A longboat burns on the beach
A longboat burns on the beach (Joe Giddens/PA)
A longboat burns on the beach
(Joe Giddens/PA)
A re-enactor looks on as a longboat burns
(Joe Giddens/PA)
Re-enactors look on as a longboat burns
(Joe Giddens/PA)
Re-enactor looks on as longboat burns
(Joe Giddens/PA)
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