Pupils take part in traditional Plough Monday celebration

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182755009
The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182755009

Youngsters trod the boards at their school this week as they took part in the continuing revival of a centuries-old agricultural tradition.

Plough Monday, which is thought to date back to the late 15th century, commonly marked the start of the new farming year and falls on the first Monday after Twelfth Night.

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182840009

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182840009

Although the custom declined during the 19th and 20th centuries, it was revived in Northwold in the early 2000s.

Members of the village’s Mummers group, which organises the celebrations, shared some of the day’s traditions with pupils from the Norman CE Primary School.

Jane Luckman, from the group, said: “It’s good for them to know about these traditions.”

The visit preceded the traditional procession of the plough where the plough is blessed in a prayer for a successful harvest.

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182648009

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182648009

With that theme in mind, the Mummers performed a play based around life and death. The play often features familiar characters such as St George and the Dragon.

Miss Luckman said that, although one of its characters dies in the story, they are traditionally revived by another member of the cast in order to signify new growth.

The plough was blessed at St Andrew’s Church by the Rev Robin Blackall.

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182733009

The Northwold Mummers join pupils from The Norman school for Ploughday Monday ANL-161101-182733009