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The Straw Bear Plough

The plough is decorated and paraded around the town during the annual Straw Bear Festival in January. It is accompanied by "ploughboys" in their traditional Straw Bear costume of jackets, flat caps and with blackened faces (once using soot, now facepaint) for "disguise". Before the First World War the ploughboys would have been agricultural workers… Continue reading The Straw Bear Plough