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A great case of the mumps

Stalham Brass Band keep up the age old tradition of mumping in Norfolk.

  A trio of Stalham Mumpers

After spreading the Christmas spirit to local communities around Norfolk since November it's time for the musicians from Stalham Brass Band and their MD Tim Thirst to enjoy a well-earned break from the festive tradition of Mumping.


The organisation has performed at various Street Fairs, shops Care Homes, community concerts and services playing carols — or mumping for over 150 years. The term originates from St. Thomas's Day — December 21st, the shortest day of the year.


It was also known as Mumping Day, when the poor went begging to the homes of wealthy landowners, probably singing to increase their appeal.

In Norfolk these were known as Mumpers. In other parts of the country it is known as 'going gooding', 'going Thomasing' and 'going Tommying'.

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Darren R. Hawken

PGdip, BMus(hons) PGCE, dipABRSM, LRSM
Conductor, Arranger, Teacher, Adjudicator, Band Trainer