Fen festive celebrations

March Mummers in action
March Mummers in action
Share this article

March Mummers had a wonderful time taking their play around March including an unscheduled dress rehearsal at the coffee morning in the Library.

The group had planned to do a quick run through in the City Car Park before they performed at Georges but when they found out that the Friends of March Library were holding their coffee morning, they decided to move in there instead.

The Mummers gave seven performances that day, which included three in the evening. As well as the library and Georges they also went to The Acre, The Ship and The Cock Inn and raised a total of £187.75 for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

The six performers were Marcus Phillips (as King George), Rodney Crabb (Beelzebub), Stuart Broad (The Doctor), Malcolm Busby (The Fool), Mike Thomas (Jack) and Steve Cornell (Dame Jane).

They were accompanied by Maureen James (prompt), musicians, Keith and Karen Cheale and collectors Kathy Cornell, Lizzie Owen and Christine Crabb

The March Mummers were formed two years ago with the aim of recreating the past, having some fun and raising money for charity.

Mummers’ plays were once a common feature in rural areas at Christmas time.

The performers, who were often plough boys, entertained audiences in pubs and big houses, as a way of gaining food, money or drink for the festive season.

• Also pictured on this page are Christmas celebrations for other groups, businesses and schools in Fenland.