note this is an archive feature.
'Obby 'Oss Day 2005 will be on Monday 2 May
of people make the journey to Padstow on the 1st May to celebrate
one of the oldest May Day traditions in the country.
colours mixed with the passion of Padstownians makes the traditional
'Obby 'Oss celebrations a guaranteed memorable occasion.
character Cobbler Roberts (left)
world famous custom that has its roots back in the 14th century,
annually welcomes people who have travelled hundreds of miles to
travel across the world to be back home for the celebrations. Some
revellers in the town are up all night thank to the traditional
Barry Kinsman enjoys the special day in 2003
Chairman of the Padstow Old Cornwall Society, Rev Barry Kinsman,
says it is a very special day.
is a celebration that is totally spontaneous," he says. "It's
like summer is bursting into life. The whole community is vibrant
today and very much alive."
splendid hat in the crowd in 2003
Day in Padstow officially begins at midnight, when a groups of 'mayers'
meet outside the Golden Lion Inn to serenade the owner with their
up, Mr. Rickard, and joy to you betide,
For summer is a-come in today;
And bright is your bride, that lays down by your side
In the merry morning of May.
is not unusual to walk around the streets and meet people during
the day who have not been to bed yet!
May Pole always attracts a lot of interest
the sun rises over Padstow on 1st May each year the streets will
busy with people putting the finishing touches to shop windows choosing
colours to support their chosen 'Oss.
old streets, rich in history, will be ablaze with bluebells, forget-me-nots,
cowslips, and sycamore twigs.
and flowers in the hair in Padstow
mid morning on May Day each year the children will be getting ready
for their special dance which takes place before the main 11am dance.
harbour at Padstow on 1st May
in the morning on the 1st May the streets of Padstow come alive
with the traditional May
Day song and its hypnotic tune.
and unite let us all unite,
For summer is acome unto day,
And whither we are going we will all unite,
In the merry morning of May.
children from Padstow's schools will be beating away on their drums
providing the all important rhythm for the Children's 'Oss. The
youngsters enthusiasm continues through until 10am.
and adults beat out the May Day Song
the day the hypnotic sound of the May Day Song is heard in the narrow
Morris from Litchfield in the Midlands travels to Padstow for the
first day of May every year.
a lovely day for Padstownians," said Trevor in 2003.
was reading a book the other day about the First World War. On the
1st May with all the fighting two Padstownians were dancing in the
trenches because it was May Day."
Prideaux-Brune (top left) awaits the arrival of the Old 'Oss
tension starts to mount again mid-morning for the appearance of
the Blue 'Oss also known as the Peace 'Oss. The supporters of this
'Oss have their own website.
Click here to visit the Blue 'Oss site
Peace 'Oss is led by a teaser and many dancers. They dress in white
with blue sashes showing their support for the 'Oss.
Old 'Oss entertains the huge crowds
hour later the Old 'Oss emerges to massive cheers from the crowd.
hypnotic beat continues throughout the day as the crowd sing the
traditional May Day song.
you going to be among the thousands who witnessed this year's celebrations
in Padstow? Why not email your thoughts and pictures to us and we
will add them to this page.
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