Costume and things to wear

Torchbearers have traditionally worn a dark colour in fairly heavy fabric. This makes us look stern and forbidding and keeps us from distracting attention from the more colourful costumes of the other performers as well as protecting us from our own torches. Also unlike some of the other performers we get to wear our own clothes under the costume element of our clothes and don't have to strip off to little but paint...

Own clothes

These should be as black as possible and made of natural fibre. The outer layer will need to be fireproofed 24 to 48 hours before the procession, so you need to decide what you're wearing and make sure it's clean in time:

  • decent boots
  • gloves
  • trousers
  • long sleeved black top or jacket
  • you may want to wear a hat or hoodie, which is OK as long as it doesn't show under the hood of the costume - no baseball caps or top hats!
  • earplugs - these are essential especially since most of us are very near to the drummers (and we'll need them for the walkthrough as well). We will try to find somewhere to buy them in bulk.

We won't be able to carry bags around with us on the procession, so it's worth choosing clothes with pockets for essentials like money and keys, and keeping what you carry to a minimum.

Torchbearer Costume

  • tabard, i.e. an oblong of fabric folded in half with a hole for the head plus tape to tie it at the sides. This has a design in yellow on the front and back. The design is the Norse rune Kenaz: which means torch. At present we have almost enough tabards to go round.
  • hood, made of the same material as the tabard, just an oblong folded in half and sewn or glued along two sides, this also has tape to hold it on
  • bag - for torch balls, or rather to go around the poly bag that the paraffin-soaked torch balls will be in. We need a strap to either sling this over the shoulder under the tabard or tie it round the waist. These may need to be redesigned to be significantly more fuel-proof.