‘Hip hip hooray’: Town continues Burryman’s Day tradition

Residents in South Queensferry guide the man covered in seeds around for up to nine hours on the second Friday in August.

‘Hip hip hooray’: Town continues Burryman’s Day tradition PA Media

Residents of a town near Edinburgh have gathered for a quirky tradition that features a man covered in thousands of seeds to bring them good luck.

The Burryman’s Day parade features a man walking through South Queensferry on the second Friday in August covered from head to ankles in burrs – the seedheads of burdock plants that grow locally.

Residents and others in the town guide him along the streets for up to nine hours or more with cries of “Hip hip hooray, it’s the Burryman’s Day”.

The exact meaning of the Burryman parade has been lost through the years, although it is believed to have been first recorded in the 17th century.

Andrew Taylor was once again led from the Stag Head Hotel, where the Burryman traditionally gets ready, having participated in the parade role for nearly a decade.

People stand at either side and a youngster from the town stands in front ringing a bell as he walks between seven and nine miles and is not allowed to speak.

Locals pick burrs in the week leading up to the parade and on Friday one woman had to keep replacing the seeds as they fell from the suit.

Crowds from the town followed behind Mr Taylor as part of the parade on Friday with many taking the fallen burrs as good luck.

Kathleen Hamblin and Yvonne Martin helped start his long day walking the town by giving him a nip of whisky – which he had to drink through a straw to get it through the Burryman suit.

He will make more than 20 ports of call before 6pm – and have a dram of whisky on each occasion.

More information on the parade can be found on the Edinburgh Museum’s website.

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