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A custom reported in several locations but surviving only at Knutsford, Cheshire, is the decoration of pavements with coloured sand on special occasions such as May Day and for local weddings. At Knutsford, the sand is dispensed through a funnel, and it is said that it is better when it rains because the colour thus lives on for a while in the paving stones. Henderson (1879: 40–1) also mentions sand strewing for weddings in 19th-century Newcastle.

Shuel, 1985: 34;D. Haworth and W. M. Comber, Cheshire Village Memories (1961), plate 23;Roy Kerridge, Bizarre Britain (1985), 60–3.

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