The annual spectacle that is the Haxey Hood is set to get underway next week as hundreds of people descend on the tiny North Lincolnshire village of Haxey for the post-Christmas booze-fuelled, rugby style mudbath game.
Itinerary here :
At around 12PM (midday) the Lord, Fool, chief boggin and the rest of the boggins go to the Carpenters arms in westwoodside for the "painting of the fool", where the lord paints the fool in his symbolic face paint, afterwards they sing the 3 traditional hood songs (farmers boy, John Barleycorn and Cannons), afterwards the current Landlord/landlady wish them good luck and also offer them a tot of port each if they wish to drink it as a goodwill gesture.
Next stop is the Kings Arms in haxey where they sing the 3 traditional hood songs again , afterwards which they are offered a complimentary glass of port again as a goodwill gesture.
Shortly after that, its time for the famous walk up from the Kings to the Loco and the Duke William pubs where they sing the 3 traditional hood songs in each pub followed by the complimentary glasses of port in each pub.
At around 2:30 its time for the "smoking of the fool" and the "fools speech" at the mounting stone in front of St Nicholas church in haxey.
After the fool has made his speech its almost time for the game to begin, everyone heads up to the famous hood field inbetween haxey and Westwoodside, firstly 12 sack hoods shall be thrown for the Children to try and win by running with a sack hood escaping the various boggins around the field for a cash reward at one of the competing pubs.
Once all the Sack hoods have been won, it's time for the sway hood to be thrown, this hood cannot be run with, it must be swayed, the sway can be absolutely amazing to view with numbers reaching 200 plus all battling to get the hood to their preferred pub of choice all the while been closely monitored and refereed by the Lord and his Boggins.
The sway can last for many hours, eventually though one of the 4 pubs will emerge victorious by way of the Landlord or Landlady grabbing old of the leather hood at the door of their establishment, celebrations continue long into the night around haxey and westwoodside once the hood has reached the victorious pub.
hope this clears up any questions people may have :)
Have a brilliant Hood 2017 :)