Monday, May 30, 2016

Lord Bonkers' Diary: The giant wicker figure of a hare


May Day in the village. Morris dancers spill from the doors of the Bonkers’ Arms, while youths and maidens dance around the maypole. The Queen of the May is crowned, whereupon the cavorting figure of the Jack-in-the-Green leads us in procession to a conveniently sited stone circle. Then the aforementioned youths and maidens plight their troths in the meadows. (I used to play practical jokes on Roy Jenkins, but I have to admit that it his reforms that allow them to do it openly.)

Above it all, on a green hill, stands the giant wicker figure of a hare with its wretched occupant – well, he was warned against putting it up in the Bonkers Hall ward.

Lord Bonkers was Liberal MP for Rutland South West, 1906-10.

Previously in Lord Bonkers' Diary

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