Pupils continue Mother’s Day tradition at West Newton church

Sandringham and West Newton School pupils, parents and staff were 'clypping' around West Newton Church for Mother's Day.
Sandringham and West Newton School pupils, parents and staff were 'clypping' around West Newton Church for Mother's Day.

Pupils formed a circle of love around a village church when they took part in the ancient tradition of clypping.

Around 85 youngsters from Sandringham and West Newton Primary School joined hands with parents and staff in a ring around West Newton church on Friday. They took part in a dance-like ceremony, before singing hymns inside the church.

The school has taken part in the annual custom for many years as part of Mothering Sunday celebrations.

Anglo-Saxon in origin, clypping is derived from the word clyppan, meaning to embrace or clasp.

The church is one of only a few nationwide which observes the tradition.