What fun to see stocks and pillories being put to their original purpose: punishment through public humiliation.
And the time-honoured tradition of pelting the criminal with all sorts of yucky things is still going strong.
Fairs and fetes often have stocks and pillories in which people willingly subject themselves to a barrage of soggy
sponges, custard pies and the like. There never seems to be a shortage of volunteers, and there are always plenty of
people who are eager to pelt the helpless prisoner........as the following pictures demonstrate.
Good to see tomatoes making a comeback, after all the wet sponges and custard pies. The old ways are the best (nostalgic sigh).
The demon drink shalt lead ye to eternal damnation....preceded by a spell in the pillory at the Bristol renfaire.
The good villagers of Gower in Wales have apprehended a witch. Her protests that she did not blight the leek crop go unheeded.
Now for some "before and after" pictures. Wonderful expressions on their faces!
These vidcaps are from the Richard Bey Show, a US television programme. Here we see a worthy attempt to reinstate the pillory as a community punishment. The entire audience is invited to pie the miscreant in the pillory....which they do with undisguised glee!
More vidcaps from the Richard Bey Show. Baked beans this time. Less fattening than pies, although the truly health conscious would opt for rotten tomatoes. Less than 50 calories per splat.