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Thread #167604   Message #4045477
Posted By: GUEST,henryp
12-Apr-20 - 05:10 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Good Friday customs
Subject: RE: Folklore: Good Friday customs
Maundy Thursday;
Royal Maundy Distribution

Saddleworth MM: 7:00pm approx Road End Fair. Greenfield, opposite King William IV - first dance out and waistcoat awards.

Every Good Friday, hundreds of people climb the hill near Ramsbottom, Lancashire, while hundreds more gather at the base. Boiled eggs, often decorated, are then rolled from the top of the hill, with onlookers cheering on their progress. Police have warned people off visiting Holcombe Hill this weekend and confirmed that the traditional Easter egg rolling competition is off.

Cecily Fox Smith followed the Holcombe Harriers on foot;
I wish't I was in Lancashire huntin' o' the hare, All across the wide moorlands an' the hollows brown an' bare,
Hearkenin' to the good hounds' cry, hearkenin' to the horn, Far away in Lancashire on a windy morn.

Bury Pace Eggers: It seems very unlikely that the tour will happen this year.

One of the best known pace egging teams comes from the Calder Valley High School at Midgley, who have unique Pace Egging hats and perform every Good Friday in the village, and also at nearby Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge, in the afternoon (usually at 3pm).
Heptonstall has its own team of players and they can also be seen at Weavers Square at intervals through the day from 11 onwards so you can seen two forms of the play in one go! Good Friday falls on April 10th in 2020 but the events are cancelled owing to the Virus. In 2021 it will be on Friday 2nd April.

Saturday; The Britannia Coco-nut Dancers or Nutters are a troupe of Lancastrian clog dancers who dance 7 miles across the town of Bacup.

Easter Day; Richmond on Swale Morris Men: Swaledale Tour starts up 10:00 am in the village of Muker, before heading down the dale taking in Gunnerside and Low Row before finishing off at 2:30 pm in the small but pleasant Market town of Reeth.

Easter Monday;
Egg rolling in Avenham Park, Preston, beside the River Ribble. The local paper has made strenuous efforts to organise the day. Fortunately, people remain stubbornly independent. Most eggs, however, are hollow chocolate ones, which do not roll down the steep slope very well.

Bottle-kicking and Hare Pie Scramble, Hallaton, Leicestershire