The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival is a unique event in Yorkshire.
And the Rushbearing Parade visits the village of Warley!
It really is a strange and splendid sight to behold…
Picture a sixteen feet tall thatched rushcart, ridden by a local lass, pulled by sixty local men in straw hats and clogs, and all accompanied by a marching brass band and teams of morris dancers.
This is a slideshow of photos of the Rushbearing Parade in Warley in 2011.
The Rushbearing Festival is an annual event that is a revival of the 17th century rushbearing of rushes to local churches ~ and the accompanying carousing of the rushbearers as they stop off for refreshment at inns en route!
The Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival was revived in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and here it is in 2012 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee!
The Rushbearing Parade in Warley arrives at St John’s Church at 10:15 a.m. and marches to the Maypole Inn for 11:15 a.m. at which time there will be morris dancing entertainment at the village centre lantern with food stalls for lunch and refreshments. The Parade then leaves Warley at 12:15 p.m.
Please note that on the day, Windle Royd Lane is closed 10:15-11:00 and Cliff Hill is closed 11:50-12:15.
To read more about the Rushbearing Festival click here.
This is the official film of the Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival in all its glory…