Wild Hunt

It’s the Monday after the first Sunday after the fourth of September.

So it must be

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The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

Possibly the best folk custom in the world.

Ever.

The day starts with the blessing of the horns in the Parish C

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And then the day begins.

This year was a special year as it is the centenary of the start of the First World War.
Four dancers went off to war in 1914, but only two returned.

Today,  four dancers wore uniform in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the war,  in particular those lost from

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The D

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As always,  it was a joy to follow the dancers around the village and su

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rrounding

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area.

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But today was particularly poignant.

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Horn Dance

I’m in mourning.

Every year, on the Monday after the first Sunday after the 4th September, the Abbots Bromley horn dance is performed around the village and surrounding area of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire. It is a fantastic calendar custom which, unlike a number of local customs, warmly welcomes visitors – to the extent that onlookers are encouraged to take up the horns and participate themselves. For the last few years I have made the pilgrimage each September with long time friend and fellow customs junky Averil and have written about the experience before. But not this year. This year, with both kids starting new schools the previous week, and having just returned from a fortnight abroad, it was just too much to fit in. Doesn’t stop me pining though!

The Official site of the Horn Dance can be found here. If you get the chance to go next year, do. It’s fantastic.