|Photo of Hallaton © Colin Smith|
These is a dramatised ghost story on the BBC iPlayer at the moment called The Parson.
What interested me at once is that it is clearly based on the traditional bottle-kicking and hare-pie scrambling that takes place in the Leicestershire village of Hallaton every Easter Monday.
Sure enough, the dramatist David Varela confirms that the play was:
inspired by the ancient pagan tradition of Bottlekicking in my parents’ home village of Hallaton. The reality is pretty horrific, so turning it into a horror story was easy.I have not heard the end of it yet, but I do not fancy the chances of the meddling new vicar.