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Thursday, 11 December 2008

Mummers bring an old English play

Symondsbury Mummers will be taking an olde English Christmas to Broadwindsor on Friday, December 19.

They will be performing their traditional mumming play at the Comrades Hall in an evening featuring folk music from The Village Band, a group put together by record producer and guitarist Simon Emmerson, who lives locally.

The event has been organised by Broadwindsor Jubilee Group to raise money for the annual village fun day. Proceeds from that event are split between village causes.

Towards the end of the 19th century many English villages had a band of Christmas Mummers. The Symondsbury Mumming Play has 11 characters – Father Christmas, Room, Anthony King of Egypt, St George, St Patrick, a doctor, four warriors and Dame Dorothy. One of the strongest mummers takes the part of Tommy the Pony.

Tickets cost £3, which includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. To book, call 01308 868532 or 868288.

Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 11th December 2008

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