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Hot times at Wicker Man festival.

IN THE mid-70s a low budget horror musical was shot on location in Galloway, South West Scotland.

The plot of The Wicker Man revolved around a gullible Christian policeman played by Edward Woodward, who travels to a Scottish island looking for a missing girl.

The story moves at a great pace with a host of bizarre and deeply sinister characters - among them Lord Summerisle, played by the legendary Christopher Lee.

The movie culminates with the ritual burning of human sacrifice in a giant Wicker Man.

More than 30 years later, a group of local people from around Kirkcudbright are busy organising the second Wicker Man Festival, which is to be staged on July 18, 19 and 20 at East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan.

The festival is a celebration of cult music and cult cinema.

A giant Wicker Man is soon to be under construction, which will be torched during the festival, whilst an expected 6000 revellers dance to the sounds of Ozric Tentacles, Bad Manners, The Damned and Nine Below Zero - to name but a few.

Dance Tent promoters Locked promised great music. "We supply the grooves, you supply the moves," seems to be their doctrine.

Perth-based Events Company Audrey Fenton Events were keen to point out that the festival is a family-friendly weekend.

In addition to the music stages and tents, there will be a screening of the cult movie itself.

Here's to Pagans, Punks and Pyromaniacs, and of course...Sergeant Howie!
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Date:Jun 26, 2003
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