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Posted By: Mick Tems
30-Aug-07 - 07:13 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Tag banned in Colorado Springs School
Subject: RE: Folklore: Tag banned in Colorado Springs School
At Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, Essex, England, we had an old custom called "hollybushing". This consisted of the larger boys (second year and a lot of hollybush veterans) hunting down the first years and flinging them into a holly bush. Some of the little sadists tried the ultimate deterrent - gorsebushing, which doesn't bear thinking about. This was in the 1960s, and I can safely say that not only did I escape hollybushing, but I didn't want to set a bad example - after all, my little brother was in the first year, and I had to protect him!

Bancroft's has introduced girls now, and customs change. I don't know if hollybushing exists or not - it was a pretty cruel ritual, designed to hurt the younger boys. I hope it has been banned!