TWO towering figures now stand guardian over Bexhill Museum’s major exhibition for 2013.
Folklore, Farming, Festivals and Fertility already featured farm implements from the past, a time-line of country rites and rituals plus colourful costumes from Hastings’ spring Jack in the Green festival and the tribute to that strong Sussex tradition, Guy Fawkes’ Night.
Now Herne the Hunter and his female soul-mate Andred stand eight and a half feet high in the foyer of the Egerton Road premises.
Their bold statement is ?Welcome to Bexhill Museum and its folklore exhibition.?
The massive figures have been loaned by Eastbourne Giants, a folklore society which has regularly exhibited Herne and Andred in festivals and processions in the locality.
Society member Sara Latimer and friends constructed the figures out of papier mache over a willow frame.
For processional purposes, vision slits allow the operators a narrow view of the world as they ?walk? the giants along from inside them.
But, having done valiant service at festivals, the giants will be ?resting? at Bexhill Museum until the end of the 2013 season.
Museum curator Julian Porter welcomes Herne and Andred’s presence.
?They are really popular.
?They have been semi-retired from going out on processions. They are very striking. Andred has two costumes – spring and summer. She is now in her summer costume.
?From where they are in our foyer they are very visible from outside. We hope they are going to catch the eye of the public and draw them in.?