16 brilliant things from the Seething Festival 2014 in Surbiton

The image of heroic goat-boy Lefi Ganderson is paraded around Surbiton

The image of heroic goat-boy Lefi Ganderson is paraded around Surbiton

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Uncomprehending bystanders watched talcum miners, a giant, and families in full face paint march through Surbiton yesterday for the 2014 Seething Festival.

Here are 16 brilliant things from a fine day out.

1. A giant bat.

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Because conservation can be fun. The bat was brought along by the London Bat Group, and is pictured with Tuuli Bailey and Amelia Windsor.

2. These gorgeous German Shepherds.

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Jodie and Prince are German Shepherds with a recessive gene which makes them look like "miniature polar bears", owner Louise Miller, 35, said, pictured with Terry Feist, 47.

3. Morris dancers.

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What could be more British than Morris dancers performing on an overcast day? But the dancers from Kingston Morris brightened up St Andrew's Square.

4. Stoic yet bemused police officers.

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Kingston police did a fine job of herding the selfie-taking giant guinea pigs, along with everyone else, through the streets.

5. Lamblord Adam Lewis' drive-by videography skills.

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An excellent effort.

6. The live music.

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Rosie Hopkins, above, one half of Super Spokes, got things going.

7. And some more music.

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A foot-tapping set of acoustic blues from C R Thorn.

8. A (moderately) terrifying giant.

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By now we all know the legend of Lefi Ganderson's victory over reprehensible colossus Thamas Deeton, pictured here towering over Samuel Shrimpton, 2, and dad Robert.

9. This splendid chap.

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Simon Tyrrell, from the Friends of Seething Wells. And his excellent top hat.

10. Speaking of hats.

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A head-turning headpiece worn by Janet Lake.

11. Did we mention hats?

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12. Oh go on, just one more.

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Morris dancer Ben Izard.

13. This confused barber.

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Workers at the Darin barber shop in Brighton Road.

14. And these slightly perturbed onlookers.

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15. And this pubgoer videoing through the window.

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16. This young Seething recruit.

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Alfie Rowden, clearly a discerning community festival-goer.

Did you go to the Seething Festival this year? Leave a comment below or write to letters@surreycomet.co.uk.



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