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The Maypole, Barwick, Postcard

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The Maypole, Barwick, Postcard
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Undated The very ancient tradition of raising and lowering the Maypole has its roots in Pre-Roman times. The ceremony is performed every three years, celebrated with dancing, floats, a May Queen and attendants. By tradition, three pole men were elected to raise and lower the Maypole, having been appointed at a public meeting, held by the Cross. After 1951 it was decided to have a Maypole Committee. This old and cherished tradition is now in jeopardy, as insurance costs escalate.

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liz fox

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For the first year in 2002 the Maypole was not taken down and re-erected due to insurance and liability costs.

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Sam Fox

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In 2005 the maypole was taken down and rearected.Unfortunatly the tradittional methods were not put into practise, due to insurance and liability issues. In 2005 a crane was used to erect the maypole

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Phil Wilson

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It was the local traditon for young men of the village to try and climb the maypole during celebrational times, after closing time I might add.

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Linda Harrison

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I have many happy memories of Barwick Maypole day my niece Heather Clayton was Maypole Queen in the 70's, her mum my sister Hazel and her husband George farmed at Elmete House in Taylor Lane,

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Ady Martin

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Maypole days were brilliant fun! beer, dancing, cheap and cheerful fair stalls and general merriment, all building up the last part of the day, the men and women of Barwick coming together and getting their erection up, good and firm. Makes you sick doesn't it. Happily Pickled Lads and Lasses have enjoyed trying to get this pole back in it's hole for decades. As far as I know we've only dropped it twice!! Another fantastic english tradition bites the dust. Before I get annoyed i'm going to go and put my goggles on and have a game of conkers! RIP Good old days...

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20-May-2010

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John Fergusson

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I am currently putting together a new website for the Barwick Maypole Trust committee and welcome your views. http://www.barwickmaypole.co.uk/ For the record, the tradition lives on... the methods may have changed, but this is still an important occasion for the local community.

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18-Feb-2011

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