Local Heart, Global Soul

May 22, 2020

When Sparks Began To Fly…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Scheveningen,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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On our way home from our drive around the Westland we pass by a company who have thousands of wooden pallets inside their premises. I don’t know if this is one of the companies that used to annually supply and sponsor pallets to either Scheveningen or Duindorp where it’s been traditional to build pallet towers between Christmas and New Years, and then set fire to them on New Year Eve. Two years ago it all went wrong with the prevailing wind came in from the sea, coupled with a mega high tower and the proximity of the town of Scheveningen.

Sparks began to fly and fire brigades from all around the area were busy with dealing with small fires everywhere. It was literally raining sparks like snow, (worth a look for this alone) which looked impressive but sadly did a lot of damage. Other fall-out was the forced resignation of Pauline Krikke the mayor, who according to the News had been loathe to stop the event even when the weather report was seen to be unfavourable because she was afraid there would be unrest from local party-goers. (Oops!)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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