It is a season that starts with dances around the Maypole, and ends, or used to, with the weighing of the first gooseberries of autumn – a tradition that endures to this day in the North York Moors village of Egton Bridge.
In between are cake stalls, carousels and all manner of fairground games, from the politically incorrect Aunt Sally, in which contestants throw sticks at a model of a women’s head, to the arcane Yorkshire ball game of knurr and spell. Taken together, they are as sure a sign of summer as a wet bank holiday weekend.
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