A Programme of Traditional Ceremonies in the Midlands
Arranged and produced by Robin Whitworth
The places in which these customs still survive include:
Bletchington Cooper 's Hill St. Briavel's
Enderby Lichfield and Bampton-in-the-Bush
The majority of the customs to be described in this programme take place on Whit-Monday, others on Whit-Sunday, and the remainder later in the week. Speakers from the villages or districts concerned will tell what they know of the origins of their customs and will describe the scenes.
The oldest of the customs to be described this evening, the Lichfield Greenhill Bower, is said to date from Saxon times. In the Middle Ages it took the form of a court of array and view of men-at-arms. The old customs from St. Briavel's in the Forest of Dean and from Enderby in Leicestershire are associated with gifts of land in Plantagenet times. At the latter the memory of John o' Gaunt is honoured each year.
An eye-witness account by John Howell
This is the first time that this Shropshire event for motor-cycles, organised by the Midland section of the A.C.U., has been the subject of a broadcast. John Howell is Birmingham District Manager of the R.A.C.
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