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Thursday, 4 June 2009

New Video: May Day Procession at Cerne Abbas



Every May Day (see previous blog entry
Maypoles and Mayhem - The Traditions of Mayday) morning at dawn, the The Wessex Morris Men climb up to the top of Giant Hill, above the famous chalk figure and fertility symbol 'Cerne Abbas Giant', to welcome in the coming of Summer with a set of traditional morris dances on the site of an ancient earthwork enclosure known as the ' Trendle', where once a May Pole was erected. This is also the one time of year when the horned Dorset Ooser is brought out from the Dorset County Museum to make its annual appearance. The morris dancers then process into the village of Cerne Abbas to perform more dancing in the square outside the Royal Oak.

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