Crying the Neck

23 Sep

If you are a keen viewer of Poldark you may be familiar with the harvest festival tradition called ‘Crying the Neck’. It is held in the fields when the last ‘stook’ of corn is cut and followed by a short prayer in Cornish or English.

Padstow Old Cornwall Society has been helping to revive the tradition and recently held the ceremony on the farmlands overlooking the Camel near Prideaux Place. Fortunately the weather was lovely sunshine but the poster promoting the event said: Weather permitting. Cancelled if pouring. Carry on if Mizzle. That’s a very Cornish poster!