Thousand Year Old Heritage
be one of the busiest times of year for a brass band, and Stalham Brass Band
is no exception.
December teams from the band will be playing outside supermarkets,
entertaining during Street Fayres and just plain carolling during the evening
- or 'mumping' as it is traditionally known in this
area of England.
origin of 'mumping' is lost in the mists of time -
Stalham is the oldest continuous brass band in East Anglia - but it is thought
to derive from the custom of 'mummery', where
villagers visited the manor houses during winter, acting plays, singing or
performing music, in return for reward.
So it's not
just plain old carol playing. They're continuing a part of our heritage
stretching back well from before the middle ages.