The Randwick Wap is a series of events during spring which culminates in a traditional procession and festival dating back to the Middle Ages. Various theories exist on how it began, although most villagers believe it was a celebration that followed the completion of building Randwick’s parish church. The Wap was revived by Randwick’s late vicar, Rev. Nial Morrison, in 1972 and has steadily grown to become one of the region’s leading annual events.
We always try and spare some time to go and watch the procession. This event is one of those Gloucestershire village traditions which brings everyone together and it is great to see everyone dressed up for the occasion and see the crowds line the streets. Each year a Wap Queen is nominated and the young girl is carried through the streets on her chariot.
The procession, starts at Randwick’s War Memorial wends its way through the streets of Randwick, stopping at various locations along the way. It stops at the Mayors Pool for the “dunking of the Mayor” and Mayors Song. Then makes it way up the hill to roll the Cheeses before making it’s way to the playing field where there are various stalls and attractions.
This year it was good to see Julie Burns who is a friend take on the role of High Sherriff and we managed to take some lovely photos of the event.