THE memory of Richard Fox, who was a pivotal member of Wellington’s folk society, was honoured by the group at the annual ‘Blaize ‘n’ Brigit’ night.

There were ‘three cheers’ for Richard on Saturday, February 3, as the folk society paid tribute to the former ‘oath swearer’ and one-time ‘Bishop Blaize.’

The tributes were led by ‘Mr Double Danger II’ who praised Richard Fox’s ‘presence, knowledge, passion and humour’. Addressing the society he recalled Richard’s ‘hilarious’ 2014 appearance, where Richard sang a comedy song he had written for the event which brought much laughter and joy.

Double Danger also told of Richard’s many talks on the history of the wool industry in the town, from where the historic ‘Blaize Night’ originates. Commenting he said:

“The Wellington Folk and Custom Society is going to miss Richard Fox, his presence,knowledge, passion and humour. May Blaize and Brigit light up Richard’s path on his new journey."

As is customary, a Bishop and a Brigit were then appointed, with Richard Wood taking the role of Bishop and Kate Holloway named as St Brigit before the Bootstrap Border Morris Team took to the car park of the Cottage Inn where music and dancing carried on into the night.

Double Danger II said: “The pub and ceremony was packed, there was a really good turn out. The event marks the coming of spring and may spring light up your path."