Bawming the Thorn

Country Living (UK) - - A Month In The Country -

Each June, the vil­lage of Ap­ple­ton Thorn in Cheshire holds the Bawming the Thorn cer­e­mony. Dat­ing back to the 1800s, this tra­di­tion in­volves lo­cal schoolchil­dren dec­o­rat­ing a hawthorn tree – which, leg­end has it, was grown from a cut­ting of the Holy Thorn at Glas­ton­bury – with gar­lands and rib­bons, then danc­ing round it while singing verses from Sir Wal­ter Scott’s Bon­nie Dundee.

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