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Hop Hoodening at Canterbury Cathedral with morris dancing and a hop blessing

An annual celebration of the hop harvest, complete with a Hop Queen, blessing service and morris dancing, will be held in Canterbury this weekend.

The 63rd annual Hop Hoodening Festival on Saturday, September 14, will feature a Blessing of the Hops in the Cathedral Nave at 11am, including Lenham-based guests Rabble.

The Hop Hoodening service at the Cathedral
The Hop Hoodening service at the Cathedral

After this there will be a display of dancing by 11 morris sides in the cathedral precincts, and afterwards they will be dancing around the city while the Hop Queen and her princesses give out blessed hops to Canterbury folk.

The day will be finished off with a procession in the High Street and more dancing displays, along with a service in the cathedral.

For more information about the day, which is hosted by Wantsum Morris Men and ends around 4pm, go to wantsum-morris.org.uk

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Morris sides will take to the streets of Canterbury Picture: Karol Steele
Morris sides will take to the streets of Canterbury Picture: Karol Steele

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