In the weeks before Bonfire or Guy Fawkes’ Night children could be seen on street corners, outside shops, schools, parks and basically everywhere with a crude effigy crying “Penny For the Guy”….then they appeared to disappear or have they?
Is it a dying or dead tradition everywhere? This project aims to catalogue sightings.
You can help. Visit http://pixyledpublications.wordpress.com/ The intention of the blog is for people to add sightings so that the present survival can be assessed. Are guys still seen in Mansfield and around? What do the Guys look like? How old are the children and so on? That’s why if you see one please make comment on the website. The website will also have analysis and has a survey on views too.
As I am researching customs of Nottinghamshire I am particularly interested in sightings locally. If you see one please make an entry. I am happy for historical sightings too but please ensure you give a date – approximate will do eg 1980s.
We searched the Museums Chad Negative Collection and discovered the pictures below. – Editors