Sidmouth Mummers perform ancient Christmas play

PUBLISHED: 11:09 30 December 2011

The Sidmouth mummers performance at the Balfour Arms in Woolbrook. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 5784-51-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

The Sidmouth mummers performance at the Balfour Arms in Woolbrook. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 5784-51-11TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Sidmouth pubs host traditional Christmas play from The Sidmouth Mummers

WITH a riot of colour, music and singing, plus several loud explosions, that motley cast of strange characters, known as The Sidmouth Mummers, took to Sidmouth’s streets last week for their annual tour of the town’s pubs.

Starting at the Balfour, and finishing at the Volunteer, the Mummers performed Sidmouth’s ancient traditional Christmas play to appreciative audiences at each stop.

They even found time for a ‘solemn’ act of remembrance outside the former Ship Inn (now Costa).

The group’s ‘gaffer’ Henry Piper (or Old Father Christmas) said: “It was wonderful to be performing again this year after last year’s appalling weather, which meant that the whole event had to be cancelled, and we must say a big thanks to all the pubs, their landlords and staff and to all the others who continue to make it possible to keep this local tradition alive, as well as raising much needed money for charity.”

As a result of collections from last Thursday’s performances, together with a generous donation from Sidmouth Town Council, and one from Kennaway House earlier in the year, slightly over £330 was raised, which will go to Children’s Hospice South West.


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