Sir Benjamin Stone, 'Helston "Flora Day". The early morning "Furry Dance" through the Town. 1901'. Museum no. E.1888-2000

Sir Benjamin Stone, 'Helston "Flora Day". The early morning "Furry Dance" through the Town. 1901'. Museum no. E.1888-2000

Sir Benjamin Stone
'Helston "Flora Day". The early morning "Furry Dance" through the Town. 1901'
Helston, Cornwall
1901
Platinum print
Museum no. E.1888-2000

In his book, Stone described this as the 'most curious and interesting remains of the comus, or wandering dance', celebrated annually to mark the return of spring 'to a quaint old horn-pipe tune, repeated so often during the day that the visitor remembers it as long as memory lasts.' Flora Day evolved from a pagan festival and remains an important annual event for the town.