The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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TURN, CHEESES, TURN                       311
round the one who is at the head; clasping themselves as firmly together as possible, and every one pushing till the mass falls over.—Jamieson.
See "Bulliheisle," "Eller Tree," "Snail-Creep," "Wind the Bush Faggot."
Turn, Cheeses, Turn
Green cheeses, yellow laces,
Up and down the market places;
First a penny and then a groat,
Turn, cheeses, turn.          —Leicester (Miss Ellis).
Green cheeses, yellow laces, Up and down the market places, Turn, cheeses, turn !
—Halliwell's Nursery Rhy?nes, cccx.
This is acted by two or more girls who walk or dance up and down, turning, when they say " Turn, cheeses, turn." —H alii well.
I remember playing this game, but my remembrance is very imperfect. As far as I remember, there were two lines or rows of children. They danced forwards and backwards, crossing to the opposite side, and turning round. At the words, " Turn, cheeses, turn," the cheeses all turned round rapidly and then sank on the ground. The players tried to inflate their dresses as much as possible, and then stooped down to the ground, so that the dress remained inflated; only the head and shoulders sur­rounded by a ball-like skirt then appeared, intended to represent a cheese. All joined hands and danced round at the end. The lines sang were the same as the Leicester except the third, which was—" Some a penny, some a groat, turn, cheeses, turn." It was necessary for skirts to be very "full" to make good cheeses—as wide at the waist as at the bottom of the skirt.—(A. B. Gomme.)
Holland (Cheshire Glossary) says, a frequent amusement of girls is making cheeses. They turn round and round till their dresses fly out at the bottom; then suddenly squatting down, the air confined under the dress causes the skirt to bulge out like a balloon. When skilfully done the appearance is that of

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