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Thread #128514   Message #2894635
Posted By: Fred McCormick
26-Apr-10 - 11:56 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Egg rolling, Rivington Pike, Easter Mon
Subject: RE: Folklore: Egg rolling, Rivington Pike, Easter Mon
Hi Will,

Pace egg rolling used to take place in Preston over Easter, in a public park, I think. I used to belong to (pedantry alert) the Merseyside Folklore Research Association, and a group of members went up there to see it. This would have been at the back end of the 1960s.

I wasn't one of the ones who went, but I remember being told that they had a brass band there playing Lovely Joan. It took me a long time to realise that what they must have been playing was the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Greensleeves, which uses the tune of Lovely Joan as a kind of intermezzo.

When I get a minute I'll have a look through a few books on customs and see what I can find about egg rolling in Lancashire.