Cum­brian Bol­lock Twist­ing

VIZ - - Out in the Country -

Travel through the hills and fells of the Lake District dur­ing most week­ends dur­ing the Spring and Sum­mer and you may be lucky enough to hap­pen upon a tra­di­tional CUM­BRIAN BOL­LOCK

TWIST­ING meet. Two men dressed in the tra­di­tional bol­lock twis­ter’s garb of em­broi­dered white long johns grap­ple with each other in a field, wrench­ing and wring­ing each other’s sweet­breads un­til one com­peti­tor cries “Yan, tan, tethra, lethra, bimp!”, the tra­di­tional Cum­ber­land shout of sub­mis­sion.

In years gone by, young men would travel many miles to test the strength of their grip and abil­ity to with­stand pain, with one com­peti­tor even­tu­ally emerg­ing as the so-called “Cock o’ the Scro­tums.” It was a won­der­ful ru­ral tra­di­tion that seemed like it would last forever. Sadly, thanks to the in­flux of town­ies into the Lake District it’s a cus­tom that has now all but died out.

These days, walk into the av­er­age Cum­brian field and you’re more likely to find peo­ple fly­ing drones, post­ing pic­tures of their din­ner on In­sta­gram, or down­load­ing hard­core dou­ble pen­e­tra­tion videos off Porn­Hub.

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