Burning the Wolf

An imposing 25-foot wicker wolf mounted on a Viking longboat was sent up in flames on Friday evening in a field near York racecourse. The event was held to mark the re-opening next week of the hugely popular tourist attraction in the city – the Jorvik Viking Centre

The symbolic act was calling the Vikings back to York ahead of the opening after it was forced to close due to flood damage during the flooding that affected the city in 2015. The centre has since undergone extensive refurbishment and repair work.

Viking re-enactors held flaming torches around the structure before setting fire to the wolf and letting it burn into the night.

Below are a selection of pictures from the evening…

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  Images (c) Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

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