43rd annual Rushcart brings sounds of clogs to Saddleworth once more

THE SOUND of clogs filled the air as Saddleworth Morris Men held their legendary Rushcart Festival for a 43rd year.

The brightly-dressed Morris side welcomed teams from across the country to join in the August Bank Holiday Weekend festivities across Saddleworth’s villages.

Locals and visitors alike gathered in Uppermill for the start of the celebrations as Saddleworth Morris Men opened the dancing in The Square.

Then they pulled their impressive 13-foot high and two-ton Rushcart to each of their destinations, where they danced in the streets for the admiring audiences.

Sat proudly atop the Rushcart this year was father-of-three Simon Williams, who first took part in the festivities at the age of 5 in 1975.

On Sunday, the traditional service was held at St Chad’s Church, including the laying of the rushes.
Then the afternoon was filled with fun and games at The Church Inn and The Cross Keys, including the traditional ‘gurning’ competition and worst singer.

Saddleworth Morris Men are recruiting for new members and are hosting an open practice (taster session) on Thursday, September 21, at the Church Inn Uppermill, from 8.30pm.

To find out more about Saddleworth Morris Men, visit their website: saddleworthmorrismen.co.uk

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