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QUERY: Bussage May Day

Marion Bryant records:
About 20 years ago, when our son was at Bussage Primary School [Gloucestershire] the then Head Teacher … was very keen on reving local customs and on May 1st the children used to dress up in old-style smocks, black trousers and black hats decorated with flowers around the brim. I think they carried garlands of flowers. They then went into nearby Frith Wood and banged on the tree trunks, chanting ‘Bud well, Bear well, Wake up in the morning.’ There may have been more to the ceremony, but that is what I remember as our son was one of those chosen to dress up one year.

Does anyone else remember this event, which seems to be adapted from the winter wassailing of apple trees?

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