Pub keeps tradition alive

Endeavour barmaid Sue McAvoy samples some carlins
Endeavour barmaid Sue McAvoy samples some carlins
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A WHITBY public house is helping to keep an age-old tradition alive.

The Endeavour, in Church Street, served carlins to their patrons to celebrate the Carlin Sunday, an event which dates back to the 17th Century.

Barry Allen, landlord of The Endeavour, said: “Carlin Sunday went very well. It is not something that I am particularly familiar with as I am not from the north-east myself, but the carlins went down well with my customers.

“Terry and Eileen Shone brought a pig pot of carlins in and everyone in the pub got involved and tried them.

“We will definitely be maintaining the tradition now and plan to make it an annual event.”

Carlins are a small, hard, brown pea that were first recorded during Elizabethan times and are often used as pigeon feed.

Traditionally, on Carlin Sunday, one week prior to Palm Sunday, carlin peas would be eaten in Whitby to commemorate a time when they were the only thing standing between besieged residents and starvation during the English Civil War.

Eileen Shone, who helped organise the event at the pub, added: “Carlin Sunday is a wonderful tradition and it is a real shame that it has almost died out. It is really difficult to get hold of the carlins now, there is only one place in Guisborough that we can get them.

“I think it is really good that along with The Endeavour we have been able to keep Carlin Sunday going locally.

“Everyone who was in the pub tried the carlins and they were well received.”