England does eccentricity like no
This week Inside Out revels in it in the village of Ashmore
No one really knows what the 'Filly Loo' is apart from a festival
to celebrate the summer solstice.
Shappi Khorsandi goes to hang out the
bunting by day and be freaked out by the ancient horn dance by night.
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Ancient fertility dance
Loo boasts the de rigeur Green Man - what village worth its salt doesn't have
Ashmore's Green Man is Cliff Skey, a 24 hour plumber from Shaftesbury,
under a tassled duvet cover holding a couple of sticks.
Cliff can also
turn his hand to a spot of Morris dancing and, being the town cryer in Shaftesbury,
he opens proceedings at the Filly Loo with a bit of 'Oh yay, oh yay'.
'The Steps In Time' dance troupe to gambol round the Green Man, beating him with
a stick in what's billed as an ancient fertility dance.
The Horn Dance
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Then as the sun sets on
the longest day, the Morris Dancers don antlers collected from the fields of the
Springhead Estate and perform a haunting Horn Dance.
The 300 or so crowd
falls silent, with Nick Crump playing a small flute the only sound.
Horn Dance is 700 years old and features six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, a
bowman and a man dressed as Maid Marion.
The evening then ends with everyone
holding hands round the village dew pond for a traditional circassion dance.
all very Thomas Hardy and it's the perfect English eccentric event.
to hear from you if you know of any unusual little known English festivals or
other goings on across the South of England.
you one of the region's great English eccentrics?
Do you know of some very
English goings on which we might be able to feature in the programme?
it's an event which has been going on where you live for years or something new
which you're organising now.
We want to hear from all you English eccentrics
out and about the bizarre goings on across the South of England in town or country.
us your eccentric stories...
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll publish the best ones or even pop along with a film crew.
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