St. George’s Day at the Cafe Rene 2015

An early start was called for as we were dancing with Stroud Morris; the ladies always start early as I believe they go to bed early so as to maintain their stunning beauty and grace. However, this early-ness never translates for the gentlemen of Lassington (as is evident from their LACK of beauty!). Dancing eventually got underway around 8pm. Our assistant Foreman, being in charge for the first time out tonight, kept with tradition and we were six up for Balance the Straw (it also confuses our musician if we start with something different!).

Stroud Morris

Stroud Morris

Dancing turn and turn about we entertained the small but perfectly formed and enthusiastic crowd with the likes of the Upton Hanky dance (a dance with hankies from Upton….), Laudnum Bunches from Headington, Vandals of Hammerwich (from that well known Cotswold town of Lichfield) and various other dances. Having sung and danced for Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl, the landlord did just that and supplied jugs of ale for the thirsty dances – which washed down the chocolates supplied by Stroud Ladies (such a sweet side).

Lassington giving it some stick

Lassington giving it some stick

Our usual session then ensued after dragging some willing (and not so willing volunteers) into our final dance of Bonny Green Garters.
Thanks to Stroud Morris for dancing with us (a pleasure as always) and to the Cafe Rene for being so hospitable.
Well done to George for keeping control and to all who turned out to dance and to spectate.
Last, but not least thanks to Lloyd for the photos.
Next stop we are of to War at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway.

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Turkish Knight Seeks Justice in Gloucester

An Unconventional Report of Events

The Turkish Knight

The Turkish Knight

As the dust settles on the recent mumming events, the Turkish Knight speaks from the heart after suffering terrible abuse at the hands of the self-styled Valiant Soldier Bold aka Bold Slasher. Reposing in a secret location in the Fountain Inn, Gloucester (GL1 2NW), the Knight errant praises King George’s generosity and Doctor Brown’s kindness. The former for paying all fees and medical bills due and the latter for the excellent treatment.

Recalling how, as a stranger in a strange land, he stumbled haplessly into a local hostelry looking for some comfort and warmth during this festive season, he was initially greeted with suspicion and mocking. King George seemed the man to take most pleasure in taunting him. This noble Knight from Turkeyland recounts that during his heated verbal exchange with King George an obnoxious, lairy, drunken ex-soldier burst into the establishment, making extravagant claims, being abusive to King George and our honourable knight from Turkeyland. Says the Knight, “I was starting to fear for my safety at this point. This madman comes barging into the bar, yelling at the top of his voice. First he starts on King George, verbally abusing him and his people, then he turns to me. Threatens me first, accusing me of harming him. Then he challenges me to a dual – setting time and place. Of course, I agree, hoping to escape this situation, then this lunatic draws a sword and attacks me.”

On lookers watch in horror as Turkish Knight suffers unprovoked attack in crowded bar
On lookers watch in horror as Turkish Knight suffers unprovoked attack in crowded bar

The fight which ensued saw the Knight being cut-down heartlessly by the mad soldier, in front of horrified witnesses. King George, being a noble man, calls for a doctor to try and heal the wound. One Dr Brown Esq happened to be passing and offered his services to King George and the slain Turk, a moderate fee was negotiated. After applying a potion to the slain man, the doctor administered the miracle cure and resurrected the grateful knight. At this point the lairy soldier bold re-entered and called for the recently revived Turk to be departed to his homeland.

The esteemed Turkish Knight is at present enjoying the horsebrutality of the Fountain Inn, where he shall remain until the festive season is over. The knight will then repair to his homeland and will come no more nigh us until the next year.

Before he returns he invites you to join him at the Fountain Inn on Wednesday 17 December at 10pm for a re-enactment of the events and for a few songs and tunes to liven the evening before he leaves us for another year.

I shall leave you with a final quote from our honourable knight, “Valiant soldier bold! Pah! He is more Violent soldier cold. My thanks to King George and the Doctor and the generosity of the people of Gloucester. Happy Christmas one and all”.

Thanks and acknowledgments to Steve Rowley for organising the Mummers Unconvention once again this year in Gloucester and to Helen Marshall, artist and photographer, who provided permission for use of some of her photographs for this article and to the kind citizens of Gloucester who have to put up with us.

An unconvention of mummers

An unconvention of mummers