Pooh stones date back over 50 years, particularly the ones at the bottom.
Expectations were uncharacteristically high yesterday as Harold’s 51st annual Pooh Stones competition got underway.
The event, which marks the anniversary of the “Great Deluge of ’62” which washed away the allotments and opened a wide gash in the Queen’s Mound, has been contested year after year by teams from the Squirrel Licker’s Arms and the Harold branch of the Women’s Institute.
After an inspirational opening ceremony in which the Reverend Tansy Forster blessed 15 year old Debbie Fowles, this year’s Pooh Queen, the teams gathered for prayers and a warming draught of Old Freckled Badger at the bridge on the River Gluggle.
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Another village tradition was flushed away yesterday, as the Health and Safety Executive pulled the plug on Harold’s annual poo-sticks competition.
There were angry scenes in the lounge of the Squirrel Lickers Arms as villagers learned that the HSE deemed an integral part of their long-held harvest celebrations to be a risk to public health.
In a statement read out by Eddie, landlord of the Squirrel Lickers, the HSE claimed “While it is never our intention to axe age old village activities, it was felt that the particulars of the village of Harold’s unique take on this otherwise innocent past-time may give rise to a potential outbreak of diphtheria or typhoid. Not to mention the fact it made our inspectors lose their lunches. Continue reading