Campaigners to bring a Hardy Protest to Maumbury Rings!

STAND Brings Skimmity Back to Dorchester!

Campaigners to bring a Hardy Protest to Maumbury Rings!

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CAMPAIGNERS OPPOSED to plans to build 4,000 houses on the outskirts of Dorchester are planning to recreate one of Thomas Hardy’s most memorable scenes – the Skimmity
Ride from The Mayor of Casterbridge. Sometimes referred to as a Skimmington Ride, this rural tradition was intended to heap shame on adulterers or other miscreants. Effigies of the offending couple would be paraded through the village accompanied by a crowd making as much noise as possible by beating on pots and pans or anything that came to hand.


In the novel, effigies of Lucetta and Henchard are tied back-to-back on a donkey.


To draw attention to the plan, STAND (Save The Area North of Dorset) is inviting the public to meet at Maumbury Rings at 10am on Saturday, April 2nd and march through the town centre. There will be music, speeches and, of course, that Skimmity ride.

Contact Nigel Kay on 01305 269401.

For more information on STAND please visit their website: https://stand-dorchester.net

 

 

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