SADDLEWORTH MORRIS Men are seeking donations from local businesses to make sure their historic Rushcart event takes place for a 43rd time.
The event, which is the largest ‘Rushcart’ occasion of its kind still in existence, will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend in August (Saturday 26 and Sunday 27).
The side requires funds to put on the popular event for the hundreds of visitors that attend from up and down the country.
The team needs to pay for a local contractor to provide traffic management for the procession of the ‘Cart and approximately 120 Morris Men from sides across the UK.
Paul Hankinson, Foreman of Saddleworth Morris Men, said: “The local police used to manage the traffic along the route but their budgets have been severely cut in recent years and they are unable to provide the service.
“We’re asking kind-hearted businesses to help us make up the shortfall so that we can put on this historic event which always provides an additional boost for the local economy.
“We’re asking for £100 for a full-page advert in our programme which is sold over the weekend and a minimum of £50 to become a patron in exchange for an acknowledgement in the programme, and a mention on our website too”.
The Saddleworth Independent has become the first official advertiser this year in another show of support for the local Morris team.