Mayor may axe child spanking rite
A 350-year-old ritual in which a boy and girl get a mock beating from the mayor of their town could be scrapped because of fears over child abuse. Read more Background information
In the "beating of the bounds" ceremony in Poole, Dorset, the mayor pretends to prick a girl on the hand with a bodkin needle and spank a boy on the bottom.
on the Beating of the Bounds
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