The last Gate. It was great.

Rain and storm clouds gave way to glorious sunshine and heaps of folkie fun at yesterday’s 2014 Gate To Southwell.

The good people and true of the Calverton Real Ale and Plough Play Preservation Society (CRAPPPS) performed their St George’s Play alongside traditional and border morris groups and other groups performing clog and sword dances.

St G Gate 2014 - 1Emerging from a rain-sodden early doors performance at Burton Joyce with spirits undampened, our intrepid players entertained lunchtime punters in Lowdham before moving on to further shows at Caythorpe and Fiskerton and the grand finale at a jubilant Bramley Apple in Southwell.

Among the many highlights of the day was the colourful procession by all participating groups through Southwell to the Minster, at which the legendary Southwell Pence (bestowed upon the players by the Mayor of Nottingham earlier in the day) were passed to the Bishop by the group captains.

St G Gate 2014 - 2Calverton’s contribution of one bob (now come on – size isn’t everything) was passed to the Bishop by CRAPPPS squire Jon Wood.

To the fine men of Dolphin Morris, for all their hard work in organising this event for more than 30 years, huge thanks. This year’s event, sadly, was the last.

And much appreciation to our team (as follows) for their participation in the St G campaign this year.

  • Jester – Simon Carter
  • Mr & Mrs Gent – Jon Throup / Paul Howard
  • Mop – James Byrne / Charlotte Martin
  • King of England – Nick West / Richard Martin
  • Princess – Jane Carter
  • St George – Jon Wood
  • Slasher – Phil Wathall
  • Dragon – Eddie Wathall
  • Doctor – Nick Bereznyckyj