In Earby, near Colne in Lancashire on May day as late as 1942 groups of girls and boys went round the houses rather like 'trick or treat'. 

How many players are there in Addyonconkay?



How do you play Addyonconkay?

These are the rules of playing Addyonconkay.

The girls had a broom stick with a barrel hoop fixed to the top with ribbons hanging down to make a May pole round which they danced and the boys had one of their number tied in a sack. 

The boy in the sack danced to imitate a dancing bear and his mates poked him with a stick shouting 'addyonconkay'. 

Has anyone else come across this custom?

Submitted by Stanley Graham

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