MORRIS MEN will take over the villages once again as the annual Saddleworth Rushcart spectacle returns over the weekend of August 20-21.
The renowned festival is now in its 42st year after being brought back to life in Saddleworth in 1975 and continues to attract scores of people both local and from farther afield.
This year’s event promises to be no different as morris sides from all around the country will come to join in the festivities.
There will be the traditional pulling of the cart, stacked five metres high with fresh rushes and the ‘jockey’ on top, as well as the service at St Chad’s Church followed by dancing and games, including wrestling, worst singer and gurning.
And this year will be the first for David Biggs as squire after he took on the role earlier this year from Eddie Worrall.
It will also be the first Rushchart ‘in kit’ for new recruit David Harrison who earned the instantly recognisable waistcoat, on Maundy Thursday.
David has big footsteps to follow as he is brother in-law to the Foreman Paul Hankinson and also son-in-law of ex-Squire Richard Hankinson.
Find out more about the Saddleworth Morris Men by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their new website: www.saddleworthmorrismen.co.uk