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Fairy Festival in Burley
IT is a village in the heart of the New Forest often associated with witches and smugglers.
But Burley was awash with fairies at the weekend as the village hosted its first New Forest Fairy Festival.
Face-painting, belly dancing and a fancy dress competition gave people a chance to be fairies or elves for the two-day spectacular.
Clairvoyants and fantasy artwork experts Josephine Wall and Lisa Parker also took part in the event, held at Burley Manor.
The festival attracted thousands of people and was staged by Holly Norman, who runs the Coven of Witches shop in the village.
Ms Norman said: “I thought it would be a good idea to organise something all the family could get involved in and that would give children a chance to do things they might not have done before.
“The atmosphere was brilliant. There were a lot of people in their fairy outfits and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Burley has a long association with witches. Sybil Leek, a self-styled white witch, lived there in the 1950s and was often seen in the village with her pet jackdaw on her shoulder before moving to the USA.
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