On this Day, 31 March 1888 — Good Friday skipping

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A lost tradition that might have been a way of burning off the Hot Cross Buns?

A Brighton Herald report from 31 March 1888 on Good Friday skipping in Brighton.

Newspaper article on Good Friday skippingAccording to the report, the ‘time honoured custom of skipping in the streets was observed by a number of children and others’. The events culminated in a rather serious sounding specatacle at the Level:

In the afternoon large crowds assembled on the Level, where great interest was shown in the skipping of a number of young men and women. Other and older folks engaged with much solemnity in the mild diversion of bat-and-trap.’

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