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Grey skies and rain fail to deter community spirit at Bawming the Thorn


VIDEO: FOR the second year running grey skies and rain failed to deter the community spirit at Appleton Thorn for the historic Bawming the Thorn event.

With this year’s event in doubt following the retirement of many of the organising committee last year, a call to arms by local resident Susan Plass, ensured it was a case of on with show despite the elements.

Youngsters from Appleton Thorn Primary School braved heavy showers to carry out the traditional bawming dance around the Thorn tree in the heart of the village.

Legend has it that the thorn tree, which stands beside the local church, is believed to be an offshoot from the Glastonbury thorn which grew from the staff of Joseph.

Adam de Dutton, a knight of the crusades and local landowner brought it to Appleton Thorn in 1178, although the current tree is a relative newcomer.

Bawming the Thorn involves decorating the tree with flowers and ribbons, with local school children from Appleton Thorn Primary School performing the bawming dance.

Pupils from Appleton Thorn Primary School re-enacted the bawming dance with pupils William Griffiths taking the role of Knight and Chloe Bentham as Page.


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