The Straw Bear of Whittlesey
The man who revived a traditional folk festival in Cambridgeshire is among 22 people in the county to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Brian Kell, 63, helped revive the ancient Straw Bear Festival in Whittlesey in 1980. It now attracts thousands of visitors every January.
The beginnings of the Straw Bear tradition are unclear, but it was customary in the 19th Century for a farm worker to be covered in straw - to resemble a bear - and to dance for locals in Whittlesey for gifts of food and beer, to be shared among other labourers.
It took place on the Tuesday following Plough Monday, but the tradition died out in about 1910.
Mr Kell helped revive the festival 70 years later, and processions through the town - led by a "bear" - are now accompanied by theatre productions teaching local children about this and other folk traditions.
He was recognised for his services to both music and the community.
He received the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in the Queens Birthday Honours in June 2013.
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