Published March 29, 2018 at 13:18
A longstanding Easter tradition will be revived again this weekend as the Britannia Coconutters come out to play in Rossendale.
People from the valley and beyond are expected to line the streets as the famous ‘folk dance’ troupe visit 25 separate locations around Rossendale on East Saturday, March 31 accompanied by members of Stacksteads silver band.
The group will progress through the local towns around Rossendale and dance through the streets to follow a tradition which takes them from boundary to boundary.
Starting at the Old Travellers Rest, on the Whitworth and Britannia border, at 9am the Nutters will follow in the footsteps of colleagues dating back around 160 years.
Bacup Royal Court Theatre and several pubs will figure en-route before lunch at the New Inn.
Splitting into two teams for the start of the afternoon, the group will reunite at the top of Union Street to head towards Stacksteads before finishing at the Glen Service station at 7.30pm.
On the day, the Bacup Business Association will also be running an Easter trail for children around the town centre.
Families will be able to follow a trail of Coconutters in shop windows and receive a fairy – Coconutter cake as a surprise at the end courtesy of Icing on the Cake.
The trail can be picked up from 10am on Bacup market, where it also ends.
Bacup’s shops will also be fully open for business and the event promises to be a special occasion with everyone invited to attend and join in the fun.