Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Folklore for Ramblers

[An image showing Folklore for Ramblers]I gave a talk recently to the Market Harborough Branch of the Ramblers' Association.

I was particularly pleased to be asked, as it was a special night, being their Annual General Meeting.

The meeting was held at the well-appointed Conservative Club, which sits snugly behind the Three Swans.

The talk I was asked to deliver was "Leicestershire Legends and Traditions". This is one of the most requested of my talks, and everybody is always fascinated by the unexpected aspects of folklore that are involved.

I covered ancient traditions such as the Mock Hare Hunt, the Riding of the George and the Damask Rose Ceremony, which all took place in Leicester itself, as well as such extraordinary customs as the Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle Kicking at Hallaton.

And there were stories involving King Lear, John of Gaunt, Richard III and the terrifying Black Annis.

Thanks, Ramblers, for asking. And thanks for the great buffet that was provided! Speakers appreciate that!