Mummers’ return

By Mark Elson in Local People

FOREST of Dean Mummers are back this year with their seasonal battle between good and evil, played out in a series of local pubs.

Ian Riddell, spokesperson for the group, said: “We’re raising money for the Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre this year by performing this very ancient tradition.

“Our play originates from Newnham-on-Severn. The story is that one Christmas, around 1900, little Jimmy Prosser followed the mummers around and memorised the script. When he returned to school, the class was asked to write an essay about what they did during the school holidays and Jimmy wrote out the mumming play.

“In the 1960s, the script was given to Dave Blick, who revived the tradition and also formed the Forest of Dean Morris Men.”

Venues and approximate timings for this year’s performance are: Friday, December 16 at 7.45pm The White Horse, Soudley; 8.10pm The Littledean House Hotel, 8.30pm The Belfry, Littledean; 9pm The White Hart at Broadoak; 9.30pm The Black Pig, Newnham; 10pm The Railway, Newnham. Saturday, December 17 at 7.50pm The Fountain, Parkend; 8.20pm The Miners, Whitecroft; 8.50pm The Royal Oak, Whitecroft; 9.20pm The Woodman, Parkend; 9.50pm The Rising Sun, Moseley Green.

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