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Peak Advertiser 4th January 2016 – Page 7
WITH THE YOULGRAVE PANTOMIME
SA NO LE ON W This year’s Youlgrave family pantomime is The Swashbuckling Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Set sail with Robinson, Captain Slingyer Hook and Bo’sun Pat into a world of adventure and hilarity. The cast and crew are already busy rehearsing the all new script, making costumes, building the stage sets and undertaking all the other tasks necessary to stage the show. With our largest cast for many years including 18 children and some new adults too, you can expect larger-than-life characters, loads of laughs,
beautiful costumes, stunning dance moves, live music and of course, plenty of heroes to cheer and baddies to boo!. Producer Jan Wilson said, “This is the 54th year of the Youlgrave pantomime and it is fantastic to have such a talented and dedicated team of volunteers to work with. We all have some fun, learn new skills, both on and off the stage, and at the same time all the money we raise is for the benefit of the local community.” The show will run nightly at 7.30pm from 27th – 30th January 2016 and 3rd –
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6th February 2016 with additional matinees on both Saturdays at 2:30pm. Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £3.50 for children. Groups
receive 1 free ticket with every 10 purchased. Call 01629 828 215 or book online at www.yvh.org.uk Don’t miss it!
All the Christmas decorations should be taken down and put away on the 6th January and not a day earlier nor a day later – if the old superstitions have been observed, that is. And all who ate a mince pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas can look forward to 12 months of good fortune. The Christmas cycle ends on Twelfth Night, 6th January, a date which as the Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the manifestation of the Christ child to the Three Kings of the Orient. Long after the Gregorian calendar was introduced in 1752, causing much of the population to believe that
they had ‘lost’ 11 days, the 6th January was referred to as the Old Christmas Day, although the title actually belongs to the previous day. Such an important date attracted superstition, particularly as in distant times the 12 days of Christmas were widely associated with the darker side of the supernatural. It was also believed that it had been an act of sacrilege to move such a hallowed date. Farmers had particular reason to object to a change in the calendar – with rents falling due on Christmas Day many of them refused to pay for a year which fell 11 days short. As a result many such transactions were transferred to 6th January – a date that still holds an occasional place on the financial calendar. Over many generations, Derbyshire farmers took the precaution of lighting 12 fires in their fields on 6th January to protect the land from evil influences. Because the womenfolk settled back to such regular tasks as spinning immediately after the festive period, 7th January was known as ‘St Distaff’s Day, partly work and partly play’. The distaff, a spinning tool, also gives name to the ‘distaff’ side of the family tree, meaning the female branch as opposed to the male ‘spear’ branch. January has one more date to look out for, the 25th being St Paul’s Day – formerly regarded as a weather forecast for the coming year: ‘If Paul’s Day be bright and clear, this will be a happy year’. Julie Bunting
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