Dexter, perhaps the event had an ‘official’ name but it seems to have been lost over time. Somebody out there knows. I suppose we’ll just have to call it ‘Hen Night’ or ‘Hen Parade’ for the moment.
The Scottish Film Archive has an excellent video of a hen night in 1989. It shows a ‘hen night’ in the Partick Tavern, Glasgow, with the bride-to-be being dressed up and the girls with their pots and pans. They’re also singing “Roll Me Over”.
Have a look at the video : Glasgow Hen Night
They maybe ventured out into the streets later.
The last time I saw a live "hen’s parade" in Glasgow must have been in the 60’s or 70’s. If I remember correctly, they were ‘hurlin hur roon thi streetz’ in a pram, singing something like :
Hard up, kick the canBride's Name
got a man
If you want to know his name
His name is Groom's name
When I was in Norway (Bergen or Stavanger), I saw something similar in the 80’s – so perhaps the Vikings brought the custom to Scotland. The next time, someone’s in Norway, ask them about this custom.
Heather can you remember what this Dutch man looked like, and we can nip over to Holland and get a copy of his video.