This quirky English tradion dates back to 1381 when Lady Constance Knollys built a bridge linking two of her properties in London. Because she did not have the Lord Mayor's consent to do so, she was punished and ordered to pay a token penalty of one red rose every year.
The custom appeared to have been forgotten in the 17th century, but Reverend 'Tubby' Clayton revived it in 1924. The Company of Watermen and Lightermen are the guardians of this tradition today.This year it was held on the 24th of June commencing at All Hallows by the Tower in the city of London. For further details please click here.
Here on the Bay, the sun is beaming, the sand is warm and the sea waves to us. The Shellies, Wish You Were Here!
From the first 'Ahoy;' till the last 'Hush;' this is a story to delight boys and girls of all ages. Narated by Jennifer, the story tells of how a lazy summer's day turns into a 'Shellieastic' adventure. Listen to how Sally helps Rainbow launch her glider onwards and upwards. Delight when Barnacle shouts out his 'old sea customs' which take Crabby by surprise. Pearl's wisdom inspires her fellow Shellies to continue their search for the pirate's treasure. Discover why it is the sand sings.
With music and rock pools to explore an adventure awaits one and all.
The seven songs intertwined into the story are as follows;
1: Waves Come Ashore
2: Ahoy We're The Shellies
3: Footprints in the Sand
4: Singing Sands
5: We Wish you Were Here
6: Pools Ripple
Take the magic of the beach with you wherever you may go.
Also Ideal entertainment on family outings. Make your day come visit Shellie Bay.
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The magic of June was acknowldged by William Shakespear in one of his greatest plays. To help your dream on Midsummer's Night, try to find how many differences can be seen in these two (almost identical) pictures.
Mock courts and mayor ceremonies were frequent prior to 1836. The majority of the population in Britain were not entitled to vote plus it was a great way to poke fun at the rich and powerful. In Tenby the name given to the mock mayor was the Lord Mayor of Pennyless Cove, whilstin Bideford it was the mayor of Shamickshire. In Exeter a dealer in china was appointed mayor so he paraded around the town wearing a chamber pot on his head! It was common to see these officials riding donkeys and carrying cabbages.
In some areas mock Members of Parliament were selected.
In the Cornish town of Halgavor a mock court was held..
So political satire is not just a modern day invention.
These ceremonies also provided an opportunity for people to express opinions.
This year the (mock) mayor of Ock Street will take place on the 21st of June, click here to visit the website for more details. The first Morris Dance takes place at 10am, maybe the Boggles (pictured) migh atttnd to play their music!
Authors Ian and Marie.