This week we are taking another look back at all the fun and games of the Haxey Hood.
Loyal Epworth Bells reader James Chatwin kindly responded to our appeal for photographs and donated a batch of old pictures.
We featured scenes of the Haxey Hood from the 1980s in last week’s edition.
Today, we see the second part of the collection, featuring two from the 1950s and another from the 1980s.
Pictured right, are villagers at the 1953 Hood, and below right three years later, from (l -r) are Boggin Rowland Whitehead, with Lord St Clarie and Hon John Finch-Gifford.
The third picture, taken 30 years later at the 1986 Hood, shows from (l-r) ‘The Fool’ Martin Andrews, Boggins Rod Harris, Ian Dawes, who is now Chief Boggin, Phil Coggan, currently the Lord of the Hood, and Jez Cooper.
Mr Chatwin, 39, who works as a financial advisor, has acted as a Boggin at the Haxey Hood for the last 15 years.
The father-of-four, of Lowcroft Avenue, Haxey, said: “I was only too happy to collect the pictures and keep them somewhere.
“I think they are really good pictures.
“They show just how popular the event has been throughout the years.
“It’s nice to see some of the people who took part in it in days gone by who you know of today.
“The Hood is something most people look forward to every year.”
The story of the Haxey Hood goes that in the 14th century, Lady de Mowbray, wife of an Isle landowner, John De Mowbray, was out riding towards Westwoodside on the hill that separates it from Haxey.
As she went over the hill her silk riding hood was blown away by the wind.
Thirteen farm workers in the field chased the hood all over the field. It was caught by one of the farm workers, but being too shy to hand it back, he gave it to one of the others to hand back to her.
Lady de Mowbray said the farm worker had acted like a Lord, whereas the worker who had caught the hood was a Fool.
She ordered that the act of chivalry and the resulting chase be re-enacted every year and so the Haxey Hood was born.
The Epworth Bells is appealing for readers to send in your old photographs, from the 1950s through to the noughties, to feature on the Retro Bells page.
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