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Hay British Infants School 7
Pantomimes and wild beasts

  Much absenteeism
More causes for the reduced numbers of children in school at Hay over the years are shown here in further extracts from the School Log Books.
Hay British
Infants School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  In 1949, as doubtless in many other years too, the pantomime was the preferred alternative to school on occasions for many of the little ones, as revealed in this entry from 4th February in that year:
"The pantomime in Hereford has been the cause of much absenteeism again this week".
County Archives
School log book entry 

Another attraction which must have been irresistable to the children was noted in this entry from 10th April 1922:
"Bostock and Wombwell's Wild Beast Show visited Hay".
This event is not said in the book to have caused absenteeism, but it was common practice for teachers to take advantage of such animal shows by taking the children along to learn about more exotic animals than those they saw almost every day.

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