Rush cart is all ready to roll for Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival

Sowerby Bridge Sea Scouts help out decorating the Rushbearing cart.
Sowerby Bridge Sea Scouts help out decorating the Rushbearing cart.

These youngsters have been busy helping prepare the main spectacle of a festival that attracts thousands of people every year.

Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing will be taking place once again next weekend, bringing with it a whirlwind of clogs, music and morris dancing.

This week has seen Sowerby Bridge Sea Scouts helping decorate the rush cart for the festivities.

Preparing and thatching th e cart takes around a week and a half in total and involves a team of around 15 people.

The vehicle, which is 16 feet high and on two wheels, will be pulled along the festival route by 60 local men, all dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs.

On top will sit the cart maiden- one of a group of young woman selected for the honour of riding around Sowerby Bridge.

Crowds are set to line the streets to watch the cart as it rolls through on Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2.

The cart will be accompanied by musicians and morris dancers and stops will be made along the route to present token rushes at churches and to dance at pubs.

Other attractions taking place alongside the festival include a pre-rushbearing get together at The Puzzle Hall Inn from 8pm next Friday, a craft market with a variety of stalls in Wharf Street next Saturday from 10am until 4pm, and a village fete in Ripponden with a New Orleans jazz band next Sunday from 2pm.