SWORDS were raised and enemies vanquished as one of Calderdale’s best-loved Easter traditions returned.
The sun shone on hundreds of spectators who gathered to watch the Pace Egg plays unfold in the towns and villages of the upper Calder Valley.
The historic street theatre performances tell the tale of St George’s triumphs over three challengers – Bold Slasher, Hector, and the Black Prince.
The cast of colourful characters were brought to life by the Heptonstall Players and students from Calder High School, Mytholmroyd, who gave 15 performances between them throughout the day.
The traditional drama is thought to be among the oldest in the world. Its heritage can be traced back back through English and European Mummers’ plays to ancient Egypt and Syria.
The Pace Egg plays were once performed all over the country but the tradition largely died out after the First World War.
Calderdale’s Pace Egg plays were revived in the 1930s and are performed each Good Friday, drawing on the Easter themes of death and rebirth.