Cider Supper to be commemorated

Ledbury Reporter: Cider Supper to be commemorated Cider Supper to be commemorated

POETS getting drunk often seems to be an occupational hazard, and one such famous occasion is to be celebrated, 100 years after it took place.

The knees-up in question was the so-called "Poets' Supper" which took place at Glyn Iddens near Dymock, in 1914.

The modern equivalent will involve the Friends of the Dymock Poets, at Westons, Much Marcle, on Saturday, August 30.

A century ago, conspicuously failing to hold their drink were the Dymock Poets Edward Thomas, Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie and Wilfrid Gibson.

Observing, and managing her maggoty cheese and scrumpy with far more aplomb than the men, was the writer Eleanor Farjeon, who gave an account of the spectacle.

She write: "Edward and Robert stagger to their feet, clutch at each other and go down. They rise with caution, clinging together.

"On the other side of the table, Gibson and Abercrombie were behaving similarly. Two brace of poets staggered out into the moonlight."

Eleanor Farjeon is best known for writing the words for the hymn, "Morning Has Broken."

It is certain that sore heads were the order of the day when morning broke for Thomas, Frost, Gibson and Abercrombie.

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