Archive for the ‘Tradition’ Category



For those of you who stop by here with some kind of regularity you’ll perhaps know I try to make an annual trip to the Fenland market town of Whittlesey to witness a man being paraded around the streets dressed as a straw bear. So when I found details of The Burry Man, an excellent little […]

This time last year I ventured out into the Fens to visit the Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesey – it’s a tremendous event and I can’t recommend it enough. I was due to go again this morning (with a somewhat reluctant guest) but the given that the weather had moved from incessant snow to incessant […]

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Fifteen minutes in the small Norfolk market town of Swaffham whilst the lady of the house visited her dental practitioner. In the horrible sickly heat of the afternoon I decided to sit down and watch the world go about it’s business (although to be honest much of the world was absent from the town and […]

  No not a post on the joy (or otherwise) of Hofmeister lager but a few words on the Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival Programme, which I went to yesterday. According to the programme on the day “Many years ago it was the custom on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (always the first Monday after Twelth […]