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A Penny for the Pop

A Penny for the Pop © Keith Allardyce Although not so common today it used to be a tradition in Stromness for children to go about on the fifth of November asking for a "Penny for me Pop" instead of the usual penny for the Guy.

The 'Pop' can take many forms. It is a turnip (neep) which is carved to resemble an alien, an animal, a troll, gargoyle or even a pop star. The neep is hollowed out and a candle placed inside. 

After the children have visited some houses and gathered some pennies they assemble around a bonfire and throw the 'Pops' into the flames.

This is all that remains of an older anti-Catholic tradition where the townsfolk asked for a "penny to burn the Pope" and it only occurs in Stromness.