A 34-year-old woman has died during the traditional May Day Obby Oss celebration in Padstow, Cornwall. She suffered a neck injury. She was struck by a person wearing a horse costume while walking along a footpath.
The Obby Oss festival is believed to date back to at least 1803 and features a parade around the hobby horse costume. A traditional gyrating dance is performed to the sound of drums as locals sing folk songs. The celebrations run from early in the morning until at least midnight. The annual tradition can attract rowdy and aggressive behavior. Police believes the victim may have been bumped into by an enormous dragon-like 'Obby Oss' which is paraded through the streets of the fishing town every year. The victim, named as Laura Smallwood, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth following the incident. She died later in hospital, on Saturday morning. and police are appealing for witnesses to investigate the incident.
Image from the festival
„We continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry to establish how Laura sustained her injuries,” the police said. Investigators are interested to obtain We continue to follow a number of lines of enquiry to establish how Laura sustained her injuries. She was a mother-of-two and who lived in Padstow. The Obby Oss event is held each year to mark the arrival of summer.The festival attracts thousands of visitors every year.