And now for a spot of Christmas culture…
Video by Francis Sedgemore
A group of hairy, tweedy old farts, most of whom are associated with Morris dance sides in the south east of England, are seen here performing a traditional Mummers play in the Lord Palmerston pub in Carshalton, Surrey, on Tuesday 27 December 2011.
The plays are performed as part of a pub crawl, and this particular well-oiled act was the third in the series. At the end of each performance, the actors pass a hat around the audience, and if they aren’t given enough money, the play is enacted again. Ale drinking is an expensive business.