Rushbearing at Sowerby Bridge

These come from Queenie Anne:

The event is the Rush Bearing Ceremony in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire which takes place on the first weekend of September every year.  These photographs were taken in 2005. The tradition is to distribute clean rushes to several churches around the area to keep the floors dry for the coming year. Now-a-days the rushes are only offered at the church gates, but there are always lots of Morris men (and women) and the traditional mummers.   The custom is not confined to Sowerby Bridge, but is known as Rushbearing or the Rushcart.

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and the most important part of modern morris interpretation:

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