It's back to local history too as I research the whereabouts and history of Thorntoft[s] near Yokefleet. It was a medieval settlement with possibly its own chapel. Also I am researching the history of The Ashes Playing Field in Howden in preparation for a talk I am giving in February.
But I took time out on Monday to watch the NewYear's Day meet in Howden Market Place - not actually on New Year's Day as it was a Sunday. Large crowds gathered and we saw several friends.
[ after several queries I am clarifying that although the York and Ainsty South often did meet at Howden earlier in the twentieth century I believe that the New Year's Day meet that took place on Monday is a more recent tradition - maybe of around 10 years!]
I found this picture from Edwardian times.
Compare the view above with the video I took of yesterday's event. Some buildings have been demolished and rebuilt - but otherwise the event was very similar.