FTX-104 - THE CELEBRATED MARSHFIELD PAPERBOYS

BOXING DAY GUISERS - Nr BATH

Mummers from a village in Avon, (near Bath and on the Gloucestershire-Wiltshire--Somerset border) whose guising costume is made of strips of newspaper, in former times supposed to be renewed each year, but now preserved for its historical value. They carry out their ritual in the village street every Boxing Day, watched, and sometimes almost heard, by a crowd of thousands. The ceremony starts with the town-crier and ends with THE St DAVID'S DAY SONG. This recording includes interviews with the actors in 1943 and 1957

 

Town crier: Arthur Fields - Father Christmas: Albert Hendy - Little Man John: Herbert Rollins - King William: Mr Farmer - Doctor Phoenix: Edgar Lewis - Saucy Jack: Kenneth Andrews - Tenpenny Nit: Jessie Andrews and Beelzebub: Robert Knight
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