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HOBBY HORSE AND MUMMERS STILL APPEARING EVERY YEAR IN THE SOUTH

HOBBY HORSE AND MUMMERS STILL APPEARING EVERY YEAR IN THE SOUTH

Minehead still retains one of its most ancient customs, the parade of the hobby horse. This is accompanied by music from an accordion and side-drum-the modern representatives of the whistle and dub. The fearsome look of the creature is mollified by the strange appearance from the midst of its body of a hand which reassuringly clasps the fingers of the small boy. The mummers (top) still survive at Longparish Hampshire and their play of St. George and the paynim knight is much as it is described in Hardy's "Return of the Native"

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