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Plough Monday play celebrates tradition

PUBLISHED: 16:13 11 January 2012

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman C of E school in the village for Ploughday Monday's traditional Mummers Play.
l-r: Harry Ramshaw, Toby Sutton, Finlay Shorten, Isobel Whiting and Callum Roberts.

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman C of E school in the village for Ploughday Monday's traditional Mummers Play. l-r: Harry Ramshaw, Toby Sutton, Finlay Shorten, Isobel Whiting and Callum Roberts.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

Traditional Plough Monday celebrations took place in a west Norfolk village on Monday.

The events in Northwold, near Thetford, began during the day with a performance of a Plough Play at The Norman C of E Primary School by the Northwold Mummers, during which youngsters learnt about the agricultural significance of Plough Monday.

During the evening, a procession left The Crown pub in the village ahead of a blessing of the plough at St Andrew’s church, followed with dancing by St Andrew’s Mummers, King’s Morris and Misfits Molly.

Plough Monday is the name 
given to the first Monday 
after Twelfth Night as this day marked the resumption of agricultural work after Christmas festivities.

In some areas, it was common for farm labourers to tour villages with their plough and it was also common for church ceremonies involving blessings.


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