Pupils enjoy a feast of folk . . .

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School children in Swaffham Prior spent a day bringing folk customs to life as part of a project to celebrate Cambridgeshire traditions.

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Swaffham Prior Primary School re-enacted Plough Monday as part of the Enid Porter’s Folk Project.

The project, which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is based on the writings of Enid Porter, who was the curator of the Cambridge and County Folk Museum from 1947 to 1976.

Gordon Godfrey, the school’s assistant headteacher, said: “Plough Monday took place on the first Monday after the 12th night, when local farm workers would not to go work and, instead, would go house-to-house asking for food and money, while singing and dancing.

“If they weren’t given anything back, they would plough up the gardens.”

Youngsters worked with the Museum of Cambridge, where Enid Pirter’s notebooks are located, to learn songs and dances and took part in a parade led by a plough.

Mr Godfrey said: “It was absolutely fantastic. The children did superbly.”

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