Banned festival set to return to Loughor
A festival banned in the 19th century due to its bad reputation and riotous behaviour is to return in Loughor this weekend.
A Mabsant Festival, once common place in Wales and mentioned in writing as early as 1470, is being organised by a partnership of Friends of Parc Williams, St Michael’s Church and Loughor Boating Club’s Folk Musicians for Friday evening and into Saturday and Sunday.
Set to be staged across three venues, Loughor Boat Club, Parc Williams and St Michael’s Church, the festival will contain a mixture of live bands, dance and displays including a medieval reenactment group.
A spokeswoman for the festival said: “At the end of the 19th Century, the tradition stopped because of the bad reputation and riotous behaviour in some communities.
“The community of Loughor is putting a modern twist on the traditional celebrations. The festival starts on Friday with an evening of Welsh and Irish music and dance at Loughor Boating Club.
“Then there will be more live music at the Boating Club on Saturday night as well as a concert in St Michael’s Church with mother and daughter duo, Delyth and Angharad Jenkins, local singer, Christopher Hughes and other Folk Club musicians.
“On Saturday afternoon, the picturesque Parc Williams hosts a free family fun day with bands, traditional folk music, games, craft stalls, hog roast and a medieval camp with stories and battle re-enactment among the attractions.”
She added: “There will be none of the ancient fun of cock-fighting or the riotous Bando but Loughor will be looking for its new Welly Wanging champions and Rocky the Road Safety Rooster will be on hand to make sure there is no fowl play.”
Local councillor Christine Richards said: “We wanted to revive the Mabsant festival to draw different parts of our community together in a fun event. We have been funded by a grant from the National Lottery and the Mabsant is a chance for people to come along and have a great time.”