In Earby, near Colne in Lancashire on May day as late as 1942 groups of girls and boys went round the houses rather like ‘trick or treat’. The girls had a broom stick with a barrel hoop fixed to the top with ribbons hanging down to make a May pole round which they danced and the boys had one of their number tied in a sack. The boy in the sack danced to imitate a dancing bear and his mates poked him with a stick shouting ‘addyonconkay’. Has anyone else come across this custom?
Original author: Stanley Graham [e-mail]