Bocking Celebrates the May Day Bank Holiday

... and Little Egypt turn up as well

Yet another developing tradition

Donuts? We need the energy
I'm only here for the beer, but they gave me this Budweiser rubbish
 

A BEER WITH NO PUB

It was a beautiful sunny May Bank Holiday as the dancers and musicians rendezvous’d at the first stand of the day outside Bocking Methodist Church Hall.

 
Sup up lads, there's plenty more 
Give 'em a blast of Lord of 
		The Dance, girls - they'll never recognise it 

No chance of a beer there, and those men that hadn’t bought their own ale in cans filled their tankards with – gasp - orange juice.

Another day, another bluebells 

It was noted that the lines were particularly straight in this session.

Do we have a license for this? 
Killing me softly 

A PUB WITH NO STAFF

Next venue was the Rose & Crown.
The Bocking Street Fair attracts large crowds so to find the bar staffed by just one harassed barmaid was a bit of a surprise.
Or maybe it wasn’t to those who’d attended this event in earlier years.

Scaffold tubes are a good replacement for hazel sticks

Splitting into two groups in different pubs it took only twenty minutes or so to get served.
The dancing was excellent, one stick broken.

 

A PUB WITH A CAR PARK

The beer is beginning to work its magic - some even have their feet off the ground

Onto the next door boozer, the King William, where a fine display was given to a rapturous reception from the outdoor diners and drinkers alongside the spacious car park.

 
You hit my thumb!

A vigorous Upton Upon Severn stick dance resulted in an almost broken thumb.


Throb. Throb.


And another broken stick…

 

A PUB WITH GOOD BEER

Most people use a plectrum, Tommo 
Did I mention I'm a Rock-God, by the way? 

The ultimate venue of the day, The Retreat, had some particularly fine Shepherd Neame ales which were much appreciated.
They also had some pretty good live music and, needless to say, Little Egypt’s final dance, Steamboat, was the icing on the cake.

 

 
 
Text and photographs courtesy and copyright The Free the Mill Hill 20 Campaign, May 2005. Page created and maintained by Steve Clarke of that Ilk