Your guide to the parade times and entertainment

The rushbearing procession making its way up Windle Royd Lane towards at last year's festival
The rushbearing procession making its way up Windle Royd Lane towards at last year's festival

Excitement is building ahead of the 38th annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival.

The weekend is one not to be missed and with a packed schedule of events, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy.

The focal point of the festival will be the 16-foot high decorated rushcart, pulled over a nine-mile route by 60 local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs.

John Coupe, Chairman of the festival organising committee, said: “Organising this year’s festival has proved to be a little more difficult than usual but the committee have worked their usual magic and pulled things together.”

Over the weekend stops will be made at local parish churches and pubs, with a team of supporters in Edwardian dress accompanying the rushcart alongside musicians and and morris dancing teams.

The action will begin on Friday at The Puzzle Hall Inn in Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge- with live music and traditional ales, the night promises to be a lively beginning to the festival.

On Saturday, the focus of the entertainment will centre around the Sowerby Bridge Market on Wharf Street.

Alongside a charity and crafts market, there will also be performances by the Friendly Brass Band and the Sowerby Bridge Horticultural Society will hold their show at at St Paul’s Church.

The Sowerby Bridge Real Ale Trail will also take place on Saturday, where eight local pubs will offer a different, specially donated barrel of real ale.

Sunday will begin with the traditional Rushbearing Festival Service at St Peter’s Church, Sowerby, and the weekend will draw to a close as the procession arrives in Ripponden- at the end of the afternoon the Songs of Praise service will take place in St. Bartholomew’s Church.

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