Good morrow, Valentine,
God bless the baker,
You’ll be the giver,
And I’ll be the taker
Norfolk is a rum ole place. Cut off from the rest of the world by the North Sea, a haphazard network of single carriageways and a slow tractor that I always find myself driving behind; we have developed our own traditions and customs. One of our most loved and ancient is the tradition of Jack Valentine.
Norfolk folk have historically celebrated Valentines eve enthusiastically and generously as the fictional character of Jack Valentine was reputed to deliver gifts to both adults and children on February 13th. He would leave the gifts on the door step, knock on the door then mysteriously disappear.
Local shops would be well stocked in advance as this tradition reached its peak in the Victorian era when Valentine’s day saw more giving and receiving of presents than Christmas.
This year Norwich will be reigniting this tradition in the campaign to ‘Bring Back Jack’.
CCTV footage indicates that this elusive figure has been spotted already wandering through The Lanes, with his urban fox, no doubt admiring the Valentine themed window displays competing for the newly established, but already coveted, Jack Valentine Trophy.
I was thrilled to be asked to dress the window of Boutique Fusions in Bedford Street and took great delight in hammering out a message of love on the wall.
Here’s a glimpse of what else you might find if you venture through the Lanes this February….
But people of Norwich beware – Jack Valentine has a sinister counterpart. Snatch Valentine ties string to his presents and just as the innocent recipient reaches for their gift the string is tugged and it is snatched away out of reach.
I hope you find a gift on your doorstep this Valentines eve – but do check that there are no strings attached……..
This post is a link in a circle of blogs called Sisterhood Stories. Please visit the next post by Laura and leave some love on the way 🙂