Lentsherd

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By E_Isherwood at 14:47 on 17/12/13

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Lentsherd (pronounced "Lanshard") is held on Shrove Tuesday and is an old Clovelly custom.
When dusk starts to fall, the participating children meet at the top of the cobbles with each one carrying a tin can attached to a long string.
They then set off down-a-long the street, whooping and dragging their clattering cans behind them to the harbour where the cans are tied together and thrown into the sea (to be later retrieved).
The aim is to rid Clovelly of all the bad things from the previous year by chasing bad spirits away and driving the devil into the sea before Lent begins when everyone settles down to be good for forty days!

Date: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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