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Find out where to Hunt the Wren

Tradition continues cultural resurgence

Several locations around the Island will play host to a famous Manx tradition this morning.

You can Hunt the Wren - including its customary music, singing and dancing - in Ramsey, Douglas and Kirk Michael.

The festivities also get underway in Port St Mary, Sulby, Ballaugh and St John's before noon.

Hunting, plucking and burying the elusive wren, at one time considered a sacred species, dates back to the ancient Celts.

In its modern incarnation, no actual birds are harmed on St Stephen's Day - but the traditional brightly-decorated pole of yore remains.

Where and when to Hunt the Wren:

9am - Castletown - Market Square

10am: Port St Mary - Scoill Phurt le Moirrey

10.15am: Douglas - The Woodbourne pub

10.30am: St John's - Arbouretum car park

10.30am: Ramsey - St Paul's

11am: Kirk Michael - The Mitre pub

11.20am: Ballaugh - The Raven pub

11.40am: Sulby - Sulby Glen Hotel

Culture Vannin's Manx Music Development Officer Dr Chloe Woolley says the tradition is becoming more popular again:

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