TL2696 : Pig Dyke Molly dancer and broom - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2019

taken 3 years ago, near to Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Pig Dyke Molly dancer and broom - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2019
Pig Dyke Molly dancer and broom - Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival 2019
Pig Dyke Molly are one of the most entertaining group of dancers who perform in Whittlesey every January and must spend hours preparing their makeup and costumes in addition to perfecting their very popular molly dance routines. It's impossible to describe them in a few words "weird" or "bizarre" maybe but most definitely "unique". It is interesting to see how the makeup and hair has evolved over the last 2 years Link See more here LinkExternal link
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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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Saturday, 19 January, 2019   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 29 January, 2019
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