“Penny for the Guy”

Great to see that the folk tradition of “Penny for the Guy” is still happening — Sainsbury’s, Stoke town, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2012…


“Coinstar”.

A bit fuzzy, here — click on the image to see the original version.

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One comment on ““Penny for the Guy”

  1. Hi
    I am trying to survey the survival of the Penny for the guy tradition across the UK to work out if there are any patterns or strongholds. The website blurb goes as following:
    Penny for the guy sighting project

    In the weeks before Bonfire or Guy Fawkes’ Night children could be seen on street corners, outside shops, schools, parks and basically everywhere with a crude effigy crying “Penny For the Guy”….then they appeared to disappear or have they?

    Is it a dying or dead tradition everywhere? This project aims to catalogue sightings.

    So the intention of this blog is for people to add sightings so that the present survival can be assessed. Is the tradition healthier in the North or the South? What do the Guys look like? How old are the children and so on? That’s why if you see one please make comment on the website http://pixyledpublications.wordpress.com/ all entries gratefully received.

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