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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'. 

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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