Hunt the Wren: Picture special

Hunt the Wren in Ramsey, organised by the Maughold Social Club - the impressive wren pole was created by Helen Clarke

Hunt the Wren in Ramsey, organised by the Maughold Social Club - the impressive wren pole was created by Helen Clarke

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Wet weather on Boxing Day failed to deter revellers from taking part in the Celtic custom of Hunt the Wren.

Music and dancing took place on streets around the island – apart from in the south where the festivities were confined to St Mary’s Church hall, over fears the rain could damage their musical instruments.

Hunt the Wren in Ramsey, organised by the Maughold Social Club - the impressive wren pole was created by Helen Clarke. The traditional dancing and singing were led by Chloe Woolley, music officer for Culture Vannin

Hunt the Wren in Ramsey, organised by the Maughold Social Club - the impressive wren pole was created by Helen Clarke. The traditional dancing and singing were led by Chloe Woolley, music officer for Culture Vannin

Our photographers captured the action from a number of the events.

Maughold Social Club organised an event starting from St Paul’s Church. The music and dancing was led by Chloe Woolley Culture Vannin.

And it featured a beautifully decorated wren pole, decorated by Helen Clarke.

In St John’s, enthusiastic dancers and musicians met at the arboretum car park before dancing their way around the village. While in Douglas, a group of ‘Woodland Warblers’ entertained themselves and others in Woodlands Close.

Hunt the Wren in Ramsey, organised by the Maughold Social Club - the impressive wren pole was created by Helen Clarke

Hunt the Wren in Ramsey, organised by the Maughold Social Club - the impressive wren pole was created by Helen Clarke

Other events took place from the Woodbourne Hotel, in Douglas, and around Kirk Michael.

Originally gangs of youths scoured the countryside for a wren to trap and kill but artificial birds are now used.

The wren is the centrepiece for a ‘bush’ – two wooden hoops set at right angles and placed on top of a pole and covered with ribbons and evergreens – which was carried to houses while the group sang the Hunt the Wren song and hoped to collect some money or treats.

Woodland Warblers perform Hunt the Wren Woodlands Close Douglas.'This was not the group who where starting from Woodbourne Hotel I could not find them.

Woodland Warblers perform Hunt the Wren Woodlands Close Douglas.'This was not the group who where starting from Woodbourne Hotel I could not find them.

Woodland Warblers perform Hunt the Wren Woodlands Close Douglas.'This was not the group who where starting from Woodbourne Hotel I could not find them.

Woodland Warblers perform Hunt the Wren Woodlands Close Douglas.'This was not the group who where starting from Woodbourne Hotel I could not find them.

Port St Mary Hunt the Wren group performed in St Marys Church Hall because they did not whant the musical instruments damaged with the rain.'Ben Freeland and Samantha Self with Wren Poles.

Port St Mary Hunt the Wren group performed in St Marys Church Hall because they did not whant the musical instruments damaged with the rain.'Ben Freeland and Samantha Self with Wren Poles.

Port St Mary Hunt the Wren group performed in St Marys Church Hall because they did not whant the musical instruments damaged with the rain.

Port St Mary Hunt the Wren group performed in St Marys Church Hall because they did not whant the musical instruments damaged with the rain.

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