Crowds gather in Heptonstall to watch the traditional Pace Egg play on Good Friday

An upper Calder Valley tradition returned on Good Friday as crowds gathered in Heptonstall to watch the Pace Egg play.

Pace Egg plays are traditional performances featuring unique characters that are held over the Easter weekend, mainly in the north-west of England.

The play sees St George take on contenders such as Bold Slasher and Hector in performances featuring music, dancing and some sword fighting.

The plays are an annual tradition in the upper Calder Valley, attracting hundreds of visitors each year.

Here is a selection of photos from this year’s Heptonstall Pace Egg Play in Weavers Square, taken by photographer Tony Johnson.

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