Saddleworth Round Table is helping to keep local traditions alive by making a significant donation to Saddleworth Morris Men.
The organisation has pledged £460 to the side to pay for much-needed repairs to their Cart which is used during the annual Rushcart event and doubles up as Santa’s sleigh during the Winter Wonderland celebrations.
The body of the Cart was built in 2004 with the wheels from the previous one kept in service, but additional wear and tear has meant the wooden rims needed to be replaced.
Work on the wheels was carried out by third generation wheelwright Phill Gregson, who is based near Southport.
Henry Burbidge, Chairman of Saddleworth Round Table, said: “We’ve always had a good relationship with Saddleworth Morris Men and when we heard they needed help with meeting the costs for the Cart repairs we jumped at the chance.
“The Rushcart provides a boost to the local economy, particularly to our much-loved pubs, as well as enjoyment to many families in the area and tourists who visit from all over the UK.
“The side’s participation in the Uppermill Christmas light switch on is integral in helping Santa see the crowds throughout the village so we’re pleased we’ve been able to help.”
David Biggs, Squire of Saddleworth Morris Men, added: “We can’t thank the Round Table enough. It means a lot to all of us to get their support in keeping these local traditions alive.
“We rely on donations from local businesses and the public so to get a boost from them for this is an extra that we didn’t expect and really welcomed.”
To find out more about Saddleworth Morris Men visit their website: www.saddleworthmorrismen.co.uk