The 'Obby 'Oss, The Strand, Padstow, Cornwall. 1966
The May Day 'Obby 'Oss festival with the parade moving through the town. The 'Obby 'Oss is an integral part of the May Day celebrations in Padstow. Each year, on the 1st May, the town is decorated in greenery and the 'Oss (horse) parades the streets, followed by a 'teaser' who holds a padded bat. The procession is accompanied by accordions, drums and singing. The fearsome 'Oss wears a large mask and swirling skirts under which he tries to catch young maids. Photographer: Charles Woolf .
© RIC, photographer Charles Woolf