Bloomsday celebrations in Melbourn go down a storm

Hugh Pollock with Jack Hallam and Oliver Martin from Melbourn Village College

Hugh Pollock with Jack Hallam and Oliver Martin from Melbourn Village College - Credit: Archant

People out and about in Melbourn yesterday may have been left confused when they saw punters dressed in early 20th century period costume re-enacting lines from Ulysses.

Liz Williams, Beryl Monk and Yvonne Chamberlain

Liz Williams, Beryl Monk and Yvonne Chamberlain - Credit: Archant

It was all in aid of Bloomsday – which celebrates the exact day, June 16, during which the action of the novel was set – and all money raised was donated to charity Water Aid, which provides clean water to poor countries.

Melbourn Parish Council chairman Bob Tulloch said: “We are delighted to be associated with Bloomsday.

“We value all such volunteer-led, community wide, cultural activities.

“I personally am very happy to launch and participate in this day of celebration.”

The Brind String Quartet

The Brind String Quartet - Credit: Archant

A crowded calendar of 16 free events was organised by the Melbourn Bloomsday Celebration Group, including many re-enactments of scenes from the novel – which follows a day in the life of protagonist Leopold Bloom as he walks around Dublin in 1904.

Peter Karner

Peter Karner - Credit: Archant

Hugh Pollock

Hugh Pollock - Credit: Archant