As galleries go, this is a bit unusual in that there are hardly any pictures of us. Maybe as host side for Stroud Wassail, we were too busy to take photos – who knows. But anyway, here’s a selection of images from Stroud Wassail 2016 – windy, rainy and magnificent.
Friday night kicked off with a pub brawl at the Prince Albert. Here are the Gloucestershire Morris Men performing their mumming play
Meadows Mummers came all the way from Glasgow
On Saturday morning a photographer tried out a nifty bit of kit for taking a pic in the round. It didn’t work. The Squire’s thighs are not that fat – honest
Here are the morris sides, ready for action on Saturday morning. But no Styxers cos we were already out dancing. We’re hardcore, you see
Here are the Widders from Chepstow taking their lives in their hands crossing the dangerous streets of Stroud to get to the Wassail…
… safely arrived, and not a feather out of place
Artist Carol Kelly was there and did a quick oil sketch of one of the Widders
Foxs Morris – are they bothered by a bit of rain? Nah!
If we had money for a caption competition, this would be our chosen pic. But we don’t. Its just Foxs Squire Martin being a bit strange
And here’s England’s Glory Morris by the Ale House
The StRoudies are strange, but rather lovely…
… and a fine Cotswold side
Old Speckled Hen really got into the spirit of the day…
… under the watchful eye of their musicians
Stroud Morris at Cafe Star Anise
Our good friends Ragged and Old doing their thing outside the Ale House. Note a few Styxers to the right. So we were there
Plymouth Reunion are a mixed bunch who danced together way back in the last century and come out of retirement for fun and frolics once in a while. And this year they chose our Wassail for their get-together
Our good friends the Chippenham Morris Men were there. But this is an old photo because we couldn’t find a pic of them dancing – could it be they were holed up in the Ale House all day? Surely not!
Happenstance and Styx musicians join forces
Happenstance were there, looking rather puzzled …
… because not all of them found the pop-up real ale bar in the Sub Rooms
Clocs Canton came over from Cardiff. Like a breath of spring with their daffodil garlands and bright colours
Winterbourn Down giving it some welly outside the Sub Rooms
Merrie Morgana from Cheltenham added a touch of elegance
The Gloucestershire Morris Men were on form…
… but it all proved a bit too much for Phil …
… like father, like son
The Gloucestershire Waysailers sang some local Wassail songs
MC Robin is worried it might rain…
… rain? Bovvered?
Strange beasties were seen prowling the streets of Stroud
The Stroud Mari Lwyd proved popular
Coppin, the Stroud hooden horse seems to have eaten someone
Here’s the Severn Boar with a hooden horse sneaking up behind
The Cotswold Lion (yes, we know it’s really a sheep) plays up to the camera
The traditional Gloucestershire Wassail Broad steps out. Those horns could take someone’s eye out !! (But they never do)
There were hobby horses (and Rich D in the background with our banner)….
… and more hobby horses
… and now two hobby horses
And now for the obligatory cute dog pic. Although Tweedy looks a bit grumpy – maybe he’s with the wrong side for a Border terrier?
Styxer Jayne was a superb Lady of Misrule….
… and was the cover girl for our local newspaper
The Shrewsbury Mummers were hilarious….
… and got the crowd involved….
… in making total idiots of themselves
Squire Gary watches the mummers, oblivious to the fact that someone has put a giant skewer through his head
Where’s Wally? OK, not Wally, but can you spot Styxers Chris and Rach? And there’s the Cotswold Lion getting in on the act again
Pipe and drum from one of the Chalemie mummers
The Wassailers gathered in the park later in the afternoon
The Gloucestershire Men headed off with the Wassail group to the Museum in the Park
A traditional Gloucestershire house wassail was re-enacted at Stroud’s Museum in the Park…
… where the Broad terrified the lady of the house
Rain, what rain?
Meanwhile, back in the town centre, the local kids showed off their creations from a tattercoat workshop. Hmmm, future recruits?
Stroud Brewery came up with a special beer for the day – Wass-Ale! And very nice it was too
Styx and Foxs just kept on dancing through the rain and the darkness
The Stroud Mari Lwyd had to be escorted home by StRoudies’ Alex. I guess the excitement just proved too much