Rushcart celebration brings out the crowds

Published September 6, 2018 at 11:58

The sun shone on the crowds at the annual Whitworth rushcart celebration.

The traditional procession led by the rushcart featured numerous morris dance troupes, including the famous Britannia Coconutters and the Whitworth Morris Men.

Whitworth’s rushcart history goes back hundreds of years to when rushes were taken to church on a cart. They were strewn on the earth or stone floor as insulation for the coming winter.

In the 1970s and 1980s the rushcart was the highlight of the Whitworth Fair week. The celebration now takes place on a Sunday afternoon rather than the traditional Friday night and has become more family focused.

This year the procession included Persephone Morris, who last danced in Whitworth in 2009. The processional morris side wear distinctive black outfits with yellow and green highlights.

A spokesman said:

The organisers wish to thank all our dancers and volunteers who made this event a success.

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