For the last 156 years the Britannia Coconut Dancers have blackened their faces and donned skirts for their annual dance through the Lancashire town of Bacup to ward off evil spirits in a tradition recalling the area’s mining history.
The Nutters’ dance traditionally takes place on Easter Saturday over a 12-hour period, taking in various pubs and locations in Bacup.
There is one part that does not ring true though:
After taking legal advice, the group refused to pay and vowed to proceed with the event with or without the co-operation of the local authorities.
Following a month-long stand-off, the authorities have now backed down.
Bureaucrats? Backing down? Has the revolution already happened and no one told me about it?