Truly I kid you not….. today really is National Rat Catchers Day, I love following these national days but so far I think this is the strangest. According to a website (I’m not taking any blame for this one!) today commemorates the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It’s also a day to say “Thank you” to all present day exterminators.
This is the day it’s celebrated as it is the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town of Hamlin, while the poem by Robert Browning states it as July 22, 1376. According to the folktale, residents of the German town of Hamelin hired a strangely dressed man to rid their village of rats by playing his flute. Upon finishing the task, the townsfolk refused to pay — so the Pied Piper returned, again played his flute while the children followed him, and he then disappeared with them all.
So I would like to be the first to wish you all a happy Rat Catchers Day.