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© Licensed to London News Pictures.10/1/2015.Sharnford, Leicestershire, UK. The annual plough tour by the Hinckley Bullockers took place today.Pictured, Steve Robinson adds the red dye to his face, the tradition stems from when farmers marked their sheep to stop them being stolen. Visiting seven venues around Leicestershire the Bullockers, some with with red painted faces, are seen pulling their decorated plough along the street before stopping to perform traditional dances.
HISTORY - On the first Monday after Twelfth Night - Plough Monday - the plough was prepared for the new season, dressed in gaudy ribbons and taken in procession around the villages. In South West Leicestershire the men pulling the plough, who "raddled" their faces, were known as Plough Bullocks and were aided and abetted by dancers who danced dances peculiar to the Eastern Counties. The Plough Bullocks and the Molly Dancers were last seen in this area at the turn of the century in Sapcote.
Traditionally, the Plough Bullockers would stop at public houses, farms and large houses, dance and/or sing and demand recognition in the form of cash donations or drink. If neither was forthcoming the offending landlord's drive was ploughed up. Photo credit : Dave Warren/LNP
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