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Shrovetide Bazaar 1921

Shrovetide Bazaar, Guiseley. 1921

Title
Shrovetide Bazaar
Date 1921
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
BB079 & F389
Comment
Top: "Shrovetide Bazaar" held by the Primitive Methodists in Guiseley Town Hall which has a full audience.
It was usual for entertainment to be provided at the bazaars so these people are ready for proceedings to begin.
 
Bottom: Shrovetide is the period immediately preceding Lent, the word "shrove" is derived from "shrive" meaning to confess.
Shrove Tuesday being the last day before Lent and a period of abstinence and austerity, any rich foods would be eaten up, pancakes using eggs would be made giving rise to the name "Pancake Tuesday", a custom still observed by many.
    Seen here is the opening ceremony for children at a grand bazaar held in Guiseley Town Hall, these bazaars were very elaborate occasions with music, entertainment, stalls and novelty attractions, they usually were held for several days.
 
 

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