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Last Updated: Friday March 02 2007 13:39 GMT

We used an old custom to welcome spring

Jay and Jenna

It might be cold enough to still feel like winter, but for one group of children in west Scotland, it's officially spring.

On 1 March in the town of Lanark, they all took part in a century-old tradition called Whuppity Scoorie, which many believe marks the beginning of the new season.

Press Packers Jay and Jenna went along to find out more.

"Every year on 1 March, local children come to Lanark Cross to mark the age-old tradition of Whuppity Scoorie.

Everyone here knows about it, but do you?

It's thought it first started in the 1800s but why it all began, no one really knows.

Whuppity Scoorie
Loads of local children gather at Lanark Cross for Whuppity Scoorie

Around 200 people take part and it begins with a chiming of the wee bell which happens at exactly 6 o'clock in the evening.

Scramble for money

At that point we all run around the church three times and swing balls of paper to scare away the evil spirits.

There used to be prizes for the first boy and girl to finish but it's not a competition any more.

Instead there is a scramble for money as coins are thrown into the air for us to catch.

So we'll definitely be back again on 1 March next year. "

Jay and Jenna, 9 and 11, Lanark, Scotland


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