TL2696 : The Hero of Aliwal - Pub sign in Whittlesey

taken 6 years ago, near to Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

The Hero of Aliwal - Pub sign in Whittlesey
The Hero of Aliwal - Pub sign in Whittlesey
This inn is named after Sir Harry Smith, a military commander from Whittlesey, who became known as the Hero of Aliwal following victory in a battle at Aliwal in India, see LinkExternal link
Probably the only pub in the UK with this name?
This pub is on the circuit of the straw bear during The Straw Bear Festival each January.
Update March 2016 - Graham Martin of Whittlesey contacted me to say he re-painted the sign in 1999, keeping to the style of the old sign. In 1963 he was a student of the Sir Harry Smith College which was named after General Sir Harry Smith
The original painting on canvas can be seen here LinkExternal link
Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival
The ancient Fenland tradition of plough boys collecting money and gifts in the streets on Plough Tuesday has now evolved into a week-long festival in the market town of Whittlesey (Whittlesea) in Cambridgeshire. On the second Saturday in January each year, a Straw Bear and a couple of smaller bears parade around the market square and streets on a route that encompasses many of the public houses in the town. Numerous and diverse folk dance teams and entertainers fill the streets and vast quantities of drink are consumed, causing many of the eccentric merrymakers to be even more eccentric. See the official web site here LinkExternal link
Assorted videos of this annual festival can be found in these pages LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Saturday, 11 January, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 14 January, 2014
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2669 9683 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:33.2744N 0:7.9673W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2669 9682
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