Children continue traditional rushbearing ceremony

Date: Friday 10th July 2015
Youngsters wore floral crowns and carried rush crosses at the annual Musgrave rushbearing.
Youngsters wore floral crowns and carried rush crosses at the annual Musgrave rushbearing.

YOUNGSTERS wore floral crowns and carried rush crosses at the annual Musgrave rushbearing.

They followed the Rev. Richard Hall, who played bagpipes as he made his way to St. Theobald’s Church.

Mick Oughton and Arthur Dowson carried the rushbearing banner and two vintage tractors and a classic car brought up the rear.

Mr. Hall led the service and he spoke of the tradition of the rushbearing service. The children handed him their crowns and crosses and they were placed on the altar they will be displayed on the wall of the church until next year.

The congregation enjoyed the hymns and the organ was played by David Opperman.

Afternoon tea in the village institute was followed by sports for the children, organised by Barbara Wilson and her team.

The girls who wore crowns were Emma and Caitlin Pedley, Emily Davidson, Sarah, Eleanor and Grace Featherstone and Skye Gilby Steadman.

The boys who carried crosses were Matthew Pedley, Eden and Roman Watson, Robert Davidson and Ross and Brodie Gilby Steadman.