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Driffield's scrambling tradition draws the crowds
Shopkeeper throwing coins
The tradition started in the 1700s

Driffield children have taken part in the town's annual scrambling event.

The 200-year-old tradition sees shopkeepers coins and sweets to local children.

The festival takes place around the New Year's Day holiday each year.

About 30 children took part in the event, led by the town crier and the town's mayor.

Children walk through the main street from shop to shop chanting the rhyme:

'Here we are at our town's end.
With a shoulder of mutton and a crown to spend.
Are we down hearted: No!
Will we win: Yes!'

Local resident Kathleen Hubbard recalled attending the event with her Great Uncle just after World War One. She said that scrambling used to be one of the highlights of the year:

"Even during the war it kept on. It's a tradition I don't want to see go."

The origins of the event are lost in the mists of time. Some believe it started in the 1700s when the annual travelling fairs used to hand out sweets and samples to encourage customers.

The practice was adopted by the local shopkeepers who used it as an opportunity to throw out their unsold Christmas goods.

Mayor Paul Rounding
Driffield's mayor Paul Rounding starts the scrambling

It went into decline in the 1990s until the town council took on the organisation.

Councillor Paul Rounding is Driffield's mayor. He said despite the economic downturn local shopkeepers are still keen to be involved:

"They know it is a tradition that's gone on for many, many years. A lot of the people that are throwing the coins out have participated themselves. I've been doing this for 50 years myself."


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