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Beating the Bounds 2014
By Geoff Hodgkinson, Co-Editor

May 27, 2014: It was pretty much a perfect day; nice weather (unitl 5pm!), relaxed atmosphere throughout, nice arrangements (courtesy of Geoffrey Cleverdon), and good people including a fair smattering of well-behaved kids. All in all a day to remember as the traditional beat took place to prove Hatherleigh's territorial claims. The only thing to mar proceedings (except for that downpour at 5pm) was the mud, the result of much rain in previous days. It cause massive delays at gates. stiles and ditches, seriously slowing down the first leg of the walk from the town to the Morris Monument. But no one amongst the 250 or so bounds-beaters arrived in any state other than relaxed. The traditional Morris picture was organised by yours truly - a thumbnail is above. Click the pic to find a downloadable file plus lots of other images of the day. You should be able to print a personal record at up to A4 size. A shorter walk to the 'pasty place' followed and then everyone went off around the base of the moor to Bassetts Cross and thence to Passaford Bridge, for the traditional penny throw (20 worth this year). It was not possible to 'pass the baby' through the window at Runnon Moor road this time so, as the rain fell, walkers moved off down through the cricket field and back to the Square, where a barbecue was later held. We took nearly 250 images during the walk, many with a 400mm lens. Samples of all these plus loads of interim shots are HERE. Or, click the pic. If you post any of these in other places remember to mention my name ... please!

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