In a rush to find funding to keep alive Saddleworth tradition

Saddleworth’s historic Rushcart Festival could be in jeopardy unless funding is found to meet traffic management costs.

Uppermill square
Saddleworth Morris Men in Uppermill at last year’s Rushcart

Police budget cuts means private contractors must be hired to oversee road closures and ensure spectator safety.

So Saddleworth Morris Men have launched an appeal for individual and community support to keep alive the Rushcart tradition and summer tourist attraction, now in its 42nd year, on August 20 and 21.

David Biggs, Squire of Saddleworth Morris Men and a member of the team for 35 years, said; “We’re reliant on the generosity of local businesses and the good people of Saddleworth to make sure that this historic event can take place.

“It’s a highlight in the calendar year for locals and tourists providing a boost in income for many venues due to a fantastic showing of support.

“We’re asking for £50 from local organisations to become patrons and there are a few spaces left to advertise in the Rushcart programme for £100 which will all go towards the running of the event too.”

To become a patron of the Saddleworth Morris Men, visit their website or email:



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