OXFORDSHIRE CUSTOMS, SPORTS AND TRADITIONS


OXFORDSHIRE CUSTOMS, SPORTS AND TRADITIONS

MARILYN YURDAN    Book Number: 85862    Product format: Paperback

The book is full of funfairs and festivals, celebrations and exhibitions, games and shows, fêtes and carnivals, a few of them solemn but most unashamedly frivolous. A photograph from June 1955 shows male competitors lining up for the Whitsuntide Great Shirt Race at Bampton. Runners have to push a partner in a pram-style vehicle over half a mile, stopping off at the town's pubs and drinking six half-pints along the way. In 1968 the prize was a nine-gallon barrel of beer. The people of Oxfordshire certainly know how to enjoy themselves. Some remarkable activities like May Morning and Beating the Bounds go back centuries, but have altered and adapted over the years. Others are relatively recent revivals and others of Victorian origin. As regards to sporting events, the Pooh Stick Championships are unique, and the pub game Aunt Sally is unusual elsewhere. Over the last 50 years there have been an unprecedented number of new leisure pursuits like the Cropredy and Towersey Festivals, huge fun, bringing the community together and raising charity funds. A big softback packed with nostalgic photos of real townspeople at play. How many faces do you recognise? 128pp, softback.
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