GALLERY: Molly dancers perform across East Cambs to mark Plough Monday

PUBLISHED: 16:49 12 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:49 12 January 2015

Plough Monday -  Mepal molly men at Mepal and Witcham Primary School. Picture: Steve Williams.

Plough Monday - Mepal molly men at Mepal and Witcham Primary School. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Molly dancers marked Plough Monday with a series of performances across East Cambs today.

Molly men from the Mepal Molly side visited Mepal, Witcham and Sutton Primary School, as well as various pubs and villages.

At the schools, the Molly men explained the tradition to the children and invited them to join in with the broom dance.

Head of the Mepal Molly Men, Michael Czarnobaj, said: “We like to go to schools because it is a fairly bleak time of year so we brighten up the day.

“I do a talk then the children and some staff sing and dance with us.

“It’s good to continue a local tradition as we don’t have many of them. Plough Monday died out in Little Downham in the 1930s but was brought back by the Mepal Molly Men in 1977.”

Plough Monday is the first Monday after Epiphany, or Twelfth Night.

In medieval times it is believed ploughboys were supposed to return to work on Plough Monday, the start of the new ploughing season.

Instead, the plough was paraded through the streets with the aim to extort money from the wealthy landowners.

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