A happy Spring in Northampton


Happy Spring


A shop window display, near to the County Ground in Northampton.

It is possible that this represents an old custom – peculiar to Northampton – whereby every Spring the body of a man who had died the previous Autumn was exhumed and led round town on a bicycle, garlanded with Spring flowers, Easter eggs and rabbits, thus symbolising the return of life to the earth after the long Winter.  A witch seems to be involved, too (top right hand corner of the picture). 

I think though, that the window belongs to an osteopath of some description and that the skeleton is a permanent feature of the window display, decorated according to a suitable seasonal theme.  I shall keep an eye on it and report back on any further developments.

(I would credit the shop for this splendid effort, but unfortunately I forgot to note its name).

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