Riding the Stang – postponed until further notice! After consultation with Sue, the Vicar of St Augustines Church in Hedon and, following on from Government advice, I am sad to announce that we have had no option but to postpone the performance of Riding the Stang until later in the year. Customers who purchased their tickets via the Hull Box Office will receive a full refund. For customers who purchased tickets in person, we can either offer a full refund of your ticket or, you can keep hold of it and it will still be valid for when the performance is finally able to go ahead. Naturally, we are disappointed at this outcome but we feel that public safety must come first and we hope you will understand this. Please keep safe everyone. – Chris Jordan
The next LIVE PERFORMANCE event at St. Augustine’s Church, Hedon is “Riding the Stang”. This unusual history of Hedon and the surrounding villages is told in contemporary narrative, utilising eyewitness accounts and newspaper reports along with traditional and new folk songs. “Riding the Stang” is written and performed by the Hull Folk Collective.
The event takes place on Saturday, April 4th 2020 and doors open at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. Tickets £5 each (£5 + booking fee from Hull Box Office) with profits going towards St. Augustine’s Church.
Note: Tickets £5 are also available directly from Hull Folk Collective (at their gigs, or message them on Facebook or Twitter).
HEDON in 1889 was possibly one of the last places in the country to carry out a public punishment known as ‘Riding the Stang’. The procession would have a leader who would straddle a large pole, bar or ladder (the Stang) carried at shoulder-height and would deliver public insults to a targetted individual. Some accounts say the insults took the form of rhymes or chants.