Crowds flock to the 39th Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival
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Crowds flocked from around the world for the 39th Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival.
Festival fans took to Facebook to praise the event saying it was a family friendly, popular day out that has been running successfully in the town since the 80s.
One said: “It is a fantastic day of fun and friendship” while another said: “The Straw Bear Festival brings people together.”
Organisers said on their social media: “Big thanks to everyone who helped to make the 39th Straw Bear Festival a great success, we wouldn’t have a show without you!”
The traditional parade was followed with scores of individual groups of dancers, including teams from local schools.
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Dance styles ranged from Molly, Morris, Clog and Sword dancing, American style Appalachian and street performances of Mummers plays.
There were a wide range of musicians, stalls a barn dance and story telling sessions all rounded off with the traditional burning of the bear ceremony.
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In 1999 the Straw Bear made friends with a German Straw Bear from Walldürn near Frankfurt, a town that celebrates its own Straw Bear Festival on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday, and they too get involved with celebrations here in Cambridgeshire.