Original oil paintings 24" x 36" based on the
black and white photograph taken at the time
Available as A3 print by the artist Liz Lees
Who attended The Fireballs,
what ever the weather, over many,many years.
Single Fireball Swinger, High Street, Stonehaven 1963
8x8" Oil on Deep Canvas
New Year Swinging Fireballs at
Stonehaven Fireballs 1962/3
1962 the locals doing what they have done for
so many years — swinging their Fireballs
at the stroke of twelve from the Old Town Clock
to the Cannon at the end of the High Street.
How different things were in 1962.
Stonehaven where locals were keeping up the tradition
started by the local fisherman years before.
Towards the end of the year they had gathered up their old tarry fishing ropes,
made them into a tight balls.
They had gathered at the Old Town Clock.
As the clock struck twelve in the first minutes of the new year they lit the fireballs
and began to swing them down the High Street
towards to the upturned Cannon
stopping off on the way for a 'wee dram' in a neighbours house.
In 1962 if you wanted to swing a fireball
you made your own and just turned up at the clock before twelve.
People came out of their houses to watch.
Friends from 'up the town' came down to support them.
As the swingers started out their names were shouted by the crowd who knew them all -
or if they didn't know them the person next to them would be saying -
'That's my cousin from Brickfield' -
'You mean Dod's daughter's boy' -
'Aye, I ken now. He's back is he?'
'Aye, that's him there.'
'Aye, so it is.'
'Happy New Year to you - you'll take a swig of my bottle.'
'And you'll have one off mine.'
'Aye, go on then.'
A3 Prints of the High Street 1993 £35 inc p&p
160gsm card with White Boarder
Packed in postal card tube
There are two large paintings
The High Street View
The High Street closer in on the Swingers
and - Several individual Swingers on canvas and black card
8x8" Oil on Deep Canvas £65 inc p&p
8x8" on Black Card £55 inc p&p