Roaring Boys of Pakefield, The
DESCRIPTION: "The roaring boys of Pakefield, Oh how they all do thrive, They had but one poor parson, And they buried him alive!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1974 (Porter); reportedly collected 1877
KEYWORDS: clergy drink humorous
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
ADDITIONAL: Enid Porter, _The Folklore of East Anglia_, Batsford, 1974, p. 131, "(no title)" (1 text)
NOTES: Frightening as this story sounds, it apparently is innocuous enough. According to Porter, the parson of Pakefield became extraordinarily drunk and fell asleep beside the sea. Locals who found him, unable to rouse him, thought him dead, moved his "corpse" to a more sheltered point in a sandy hollow. They were coming back with help to bury him properly when they discovered he was still alive. - RBW
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