Rushbearing set to pull in the crowds this weekend

Flashback: Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival
Flashback: Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival
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The annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival is back this weekend.

Its roots date back centuries to when rushes were used as a form of floor covering in churches.

Each year the old rushes were thrown out and replacement rushes were taken to the churches by cart and this gradually turned into a celebration.

Modern day festivals still have the rush cart as the focal point and it stops at several pubs and entertainment includng music and morris dancing follows it.

This year there is a real ale trail in Sowerby Bridge and Saturday’s entertainment centres around the town’s market from 10 am to 4 pm.

The traditional rushbearing festival takes place at St Peter’s Church, Sowerby, on Sunday at 10.30 am, and there will be an afternoon village fair in Ripponden from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Due to the slow moving rushcart procession there will be temporary road closures.