The people of Bungay in Suffolk are today bracing themselves for the imminent onslaught of a large number of revellers over the weekend known collectively as ‘The Pogos’.
Known for their regular mass gatherings around the UK, members of this curious cult have been seen consuming alcohol and leaping around manically in fields, pubs, stately homes and, perhaps most surprisingly on cricket pitches, across the nation for a number of years now. Their gatherings are generally peaceful with the only reported incident occuring in Alloa in 2009 when a local man called Derek Deuchers reported to the police that he was being mocked by members of the group in a public house. The complaint was never taken further and it was reported later that, intrigued by their ways, Derek joined the group the following evening.
The motivation behind the Pogos ‘flash-mobbing’ behaviour remains unclear, however, several theories have been put forward. Professor Gunter Gurgensson of the University of Seven Oaks is the proponent of the most widely held belief that The Pogos simply gather spontaneously at times of good fortune and joy within the sect. He maintains that their curious behaviour is simply a celebration of certain momentous events of particular relevance to their community and the nature of these events is generally difficult to decifer.
Professor Gurgensson said he believes that the gathering in the small town of Bungay over the weekend may have something to do with the confirmation a union or bond of some sort between two members of the community.
“The Pogos are generally harmless,” said the Professor. “I would advise the people of Bungay to welcome them warmly to their town and wherever possible join in the celebrations. It can be a very joyous and rewarding experience.” It is understood that in February 2011 the Professor will embark on a 3 month visit to Brazil to live with a similar tribe called ‘The Eeejitts’ in the forests of the Amazon basin.