A Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis FrithA Grand Spell of Sunshine - The Life and Legacy of Francis Frith

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Staffordshire Photographic Memories

Staffordshire Photographic Memories

The photo 'Abbots Bromley, the Annual Horn Dance c1955' appears in this book.

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Every year, on the first Monday after the Sunday following 4 September, the Horn Dance is performed in Abbots Bromley. No one knows how old the dance is; it could easily predate the Norman Conquest, and its meaning is also lost to us. Ten dancers take part accompanied by two musicians. The dancers include a maid (Maid Marian), a jester, a man on a hobby-horse, a boy with a bow and arrow and six men wearing antlers.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abbots Bromley, the Annual Horn Dance c1955

Myself and my husband Tony were landlords of the Goats Head from July 1976 till October 1991. Memories of the Horn Dance, me and the barmaids dressed as serving wenches, also we had bar-b-ques in the garden and folk groups playing in the pub, also joining in with the dancers. Those's horns are very heavy to dance with, no wonder the men stop at every pub for a pint, great times, fond memories will be there this year 2012.

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