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English Tradition lives on.

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English Tradition lives on.

It's nice to see tradition is carrying on this year.
Although last year there were rumblings from the PC brigade about it being cancelled, something to do with witch craft and paganism and rubbish like that.
Stoke Gabriels Wassail festival took place yesterday evening, it was lovely, and so very English.
Lots of villages across Devon have these unique festivals, do they happen else where?
I know Cornwall have a few, but I haven't heard of any up country?
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/Villagers-chase-away-evil-spirits/story-20526383-detail/story....
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Derbyshire Well Dressings are very popular but I've never actually been to one yet.
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Who ever came up with these festivals originally must have been barking mad.  Grin
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Re: English Tradition lives on.

Here's a tradition from my home village that takes place each Boxing Day.
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We have an Egg rolling event at Easter in Preston Lancashire, not sure if it takes place anywhere else,
http://www.visitlancashire.com/whats-on/easter-egg-rolling-2013-p647400
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ah, Yes,... I remember doing that in Yorkshire when I was a kid.... (early    ` 50`s ) (1950`s...  not my age... )  Roll eyes
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I used to enjoy a yearly event at Lyme Regis.
It involved a whopping great conger eel on a rope tied to a lamp post. People arranged in a circle around this. Basically sort of a Maypole with human skittles.
Was great fun to watch but I don't think it's done any more.
I don't know whether the comeback amounted to anything.
http://www.lymeregis.org/news/tv-star-signs-up-for-conger-cuddling-at-lyme-lympics-local-entrants-no...
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That crazy Cheese Rolling Festival seems to have been killed off.
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'Health and Safety' or common sense as it used to be known... has a lot to answer for. Sad
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Royal Shrovetide Football Game played annually since 12th century this years game take place 4th & 5th March
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What ever happend to pancake racing.Huh? Cry Sad
I used to love watching the mums dressed in there pinnies running with there frying pans to the finnish line Cool
Do we do that anymore?Huh
We do however have best kept village compertions Grin
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Well not quite pancakes, but we do have the Paignton Pudding... noy quite the ton and a half that it used to be though.  Cry
http://paigntonregatta.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/paignton-pudding-is-here.html
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We had a Wassail here in South Oxon ,with these "performers"
http://armaleggan.org/
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Talking of  elf&saftey  Angry  we used to play on a tarmac playground,at school mind, played conkers,marbles, skipping dragons and no body got there eye put out or broke something,and if you did by chance hit the ground it was blooming hard,everything was common sense,, Wink Smileyalso nobody got sued either never thought of it wasnt done Smiley Wink
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I do have to agreeeee with  Coolkat
There was no rubber matting in our playgrounds, parks etc
We just tuffed it out
Parents / Guardians patching us up with plasters hugs etc was nothing
I have never broken any bones & I used to
1. Jump out of trees,
2. Jump off swings in mid height,
3, Jump on/off roundabouts when we was spinning them as fast as we could,
4, Played medicine ball & Much Much more
& not once did myself friends or family need hospital treatment