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Whittlesea straw bear, 2023

The annual Straw Bear Festival was held in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire,  over the weekend of 13-15 January 2023, the main event being on Saturday 13, starting with a parade at 10.30 a.m.  This took place in torrential rain, but later in the day the weather improved and became mainly dry.  About 17 morris sides, representing a variety of traditions, and one mummers’ group, participated, and were watched by a good number of locals and visiting folkies throughout the day, until the event finished at about 4 p.m.

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