Sidmouth Mummers stage Christmas fundraiser

PUBLISHED: 13:12 01 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:06 17 June 2010

MORE than £200 was raised by Sidmouth Traditional Mummers when they performed in six pubs around Sidmouth and Sidford before Christmas.

MORE than £200 was raised by Sidmouth Traditional Mummers when they performed in six pubs around Sidmouth and Sidford before Christmas.

The annual Christmas play, staged by 10 members of the group, led by Henry Piper as Old Father Christmas, delighted audiences at The Swan, The Rising Sun, Sidford, The Radway, The Anchor, The Old Ship and The Volunteer.

Having recently found out the Mummers' play had its origins as far back as 1820 and not 1905 when the people of Sidmouth held a celebratory carnival in honour of the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the group created new costumes for this year's performances.

They wanted to get the look of the play as close to those early descriptions by a visiting American as authentic as possible to celebrate its earlier history.

Mr Piper said: "It went very well and was well received by lots of people.

"Considering we are supposed to be in a recession we collected more than £200 for Children's Hospice South West, a few more pounds than last year."

He thanked landlords and customers for their support and described the event, on Tuesday, December 23, as "a cold but successful tour."

Sidmouth Mummers has been visiting pubs to stage its Christmas play most years since 1979 and has gained considerable support during the past 20 years.

As well as Old Father Christmas, other traditional characters include St George, the Turkish Knight, Tippo, Lord Nelson and The Doctor.


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