Gallery: Anyone going to Straw Bear can they please take notes so I can check on Sunday if I enjoyed it?
EDITOR John Elworthy spent Saturday at Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival, soaking up the atmosphere, enjoying the conviviality and walking the streets tweeting his thoughts.
He was not alone - Tweeters from far and wide were logging into the increasingly popular social network site to air their thoughts.
So, courtesy of a random assortment of those putting their Straw Bear thoughts into Twitter on the day, here’s our review of the 2011 event.
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Sarah Little: Straw Bear, Whittlesey, what a winner!
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Louise: Been drinking the lovely OakhamAles at the Straw Bear festival. Light, hoppy and grape fruity - were Citra hops used?
Will Appleton: I’m a bit drunk! I’m at a straw bear festival!
- 1 Man charged with murder of woman in her 70s
- 2 Murder suspect is victim's son
- 3 Widow of High Court judge, 77, charged with historical sexual abuse
- 4 Commuter chaos as van blaze causes miles of congestion
- 5 'Unreasonable behaviour' means Steve must pay council's costs of failed appeal
- 6 Firefighters attempted to resuscitate suspected murder victim
- 7 Count admits he 'must carry personally' some blame for losses
- 8 Suspected drink lorry driver threw whiskey and wine bottle from cab
- 9 Police forensics team begin search after death of woman in her 70s
- 10 Man arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman in her 70s
Jessica Watson: Been up to the Straw Bear Festival today helping out. Fun but now absolutely shattered
Tracy Green: Best of British eccentric festivals! Google it!
Max Carnage Local news in Cambridgeshire: barn owls survive winter freeze. Local man cross dresses for sword dancing at the ‘straw bear’ festival.
Mark Fairbank: On the bus to Straw Bear. Beeeeeeeeer!
John Elworthy: Chicken dance outside Black Bull is truly awesome
John Smith: It looks like we are a ‘GO’ for Whittlesea Straw Bear 2011... weather looks iffy going by the window view but the BBC says it will be fine.
Nathan Smith: Less than eight hours till the new Straw Bear adventure! Wish I could sleep. Still, I’m sure there will be burly men with drums to awaken me.
Pete Burton: Straw Bear festival prep - Warm clothes-check; money-check; camera-check; Childers membership card-check; iron kidneys-check.
Luke Anderton: Straw Bear festival. Random, ridiculous, amazing
Glenn Woolsey: What’s so good about the straw bear? Except probably it’s a foul incestuous tradition. Whittlesey hater!
Pete Burton Can someone take notes for me tomorrow so I know on Sunday if I enjoyed Whittlesey Straw Bear?
Mark Fairbank: Straw Bear weekend has started. Beer, beer and even more beer!
Alan Anker: It amazes me that the league still fails to recognise the straw bear as a public holiday for teams in the fens!
Fiona Cowan: Playing for the Straw Bear Festival parade. Singing swing Sunday. Life is good.
Libby H: Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival – The most bizarre UK fest?
Ruth Baker: Straw Bear is just the best thing ever
Anna Middlehurst: Dancing with Rivington Morris at the Straw Bear Festival; looking forward to it!
Alex Turton: Straw Bear weekend with @WillyApple @Chris_Heron ...last year we lasted 16 hours...wonder if we can beat it
Anna Middlehurst: Possibly England’s strangest event, only right that I’m going then. Tis The Wicker Man via Last of the Summer Wine.
Adam Taylor: I’m going to a thing called “straw bear”. Apparently it’s lots of drinking followed by a human sacrifice?
Laura McCourt: What is this straw bear please??
Will Appleton: Straw Bear festival this weekend. I’m actually a little bit scared!