Crowds watch horn dance in Abbots Bromley

Dancers donned reindeer antlers in a Staffordshire village to observe a very English tradition.

Dancers donned reindeer antlers in a Staffordshire village to observe a very English tradition.

Scores of people turned out to watch the annual horn dance, which has been held on Wakes Monday in Abbots Bromley, near Rugeley, since 1226.

The team of six costumed dancers set off from the village green yesterday on a 10-mile route . They collected the horns at 8am from St Nicholas’s Church, where they are kept.

The team of six deermen were accompanied by a fool, hobby horse, bowman and Maid Marian as they performed their dance at locations throughout the village and surrounding farms and pubs.

From Abbots Bromley, they danced their way around Blithfield Reservoir to Admaston to dance at the village hall and then in the grounds of nearby Blithfield Hall.

They returned via five parish pubs before finishing with the final dance at the green where there was also a fete.