Burryman Andrew Taylor parades through the town of South Queensferry (Jane Barlow/PA)
Burryman Andrew Taylor parades through the town of South Queensferry (Jane Barlow/PA)
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Residents of a town near Edinburgh have gathered for a quirky tradition that features a man covered in thousands of seeds to bring them good luck.

The Burryman’s Day parade features a man walking through South Queensferry on the second Friday in August covered from head to ankles in burrs – the seedheads of burdock plants that grow locally.

Residents and others in the town guide him along the streets for up to nine hours or more with cries of “Hip hip hooray, it’s the Burryman’s Day”.

Andrew Taylor in the Burryman suit (Jane Barlow/PA)

The exact meaning of the Burryman parade has been lost through the years, although it is believed to have been first recorded in the 17th century.

Andrew Taylor was once again led from the Stag Head Hotel, where the Burryman traditionally gets ready, having participated in the parade role for nearly a decade.

People stand at either side and a youngster from the town stands in front ringing a bell as he walks between seven and nine miles and is not allowed to speak.

The exact meaning of the Burryman parade has been lost through the years (Jane Barlow/PA)

Locals pick burrs in the week leading up to the parade and on Friday one woman had to keep replacing the seeds as they fell from the suit.

Crowds from the town followed behind Mr Taylor as part of the parade on Friday with many taking the fallen burrs as good luck.

Burryman Andrew Taylor gets a nip of whisky using a straw from resident Kathleen Hamblin (Jane Barlow/PA)

Kathleen Hamblin and Yvonne Martin helped start his long day walking the town by giving him a nip of whisky – which he had to drink through a straw to get it through the Burryman suit.

He will make more than 20 ports of call before 6pm – and have a dram of whisky on each occasion.

More information on the parade can be found on the Edinburgh Museums website: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/stories/hip-hip-hooray-its-burrymans-day.

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