Return of Bawming the Thorn


Pictures John Hopkins

VIDEO: AFTER an absence of three years due to the pandemic the ancient and unique tradition of Bawming the Thorn returned to Appleton Thorn village.

The event was opened by local vicar Rev. Alan Jewell, with special guest, local historian Mark Olly.

The Bawming dance was performed by local school children from Appleton Thorn Primary School who had been preparing for their big day for seven years!

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, believed to be at least the third tree to have been planted at the site.

Bawming the Thorn involves decorating the tree with flowers and ribbons.

Bawming the Thorn is a unique event to Appleton Thorn. After parading through the village, youngsters dance around the tree, with members of Appleton Thorn Village Choir singing the Bawming song.

Various activities then take place on the field behind Appleton Thorn Village Hall.

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Local resident Nora Carlin who leads the parade

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Youngsters from Appleton Thorn Primary School perform the Bawming Dance

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