Yesterday was Whit Friday and in Saddleworth that means Whit Walks and Band contests!
Whit Walks, in one form or another, were fairly common in many areas but have now died out in some places and in other places are much smaller affairs than they once were. In Saddleworth and Mossley, however, not only are the Whit Walks still a big thing, but they still take place on Whit Friday.
Traditionally schools and factories in the area close for the day. Some high school pupils still have to go in to take GCSE exams, though!
Saddleworth is an area made up of a number of individual villages and the churchgoers walk in procession from their own church down into the centre of Uppermill for a joint service of witness in the park. They then all process through the centre of Uppermill before continuing back to their own villages. The main A670 road through Uppermill is closed for several hours while all this is going on.
See Google Aerial View of this location.
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