Leigh Hatts  

Whit Friday: Walks and brass

Church congregations in Saddleworth will be out this morning taking part in Whit Walks.

Whit Friday remains a local holiday in parts of Lancashshire.

The Friday tradition was building up in the 1880s and today there is an ecumenical feel to the occasion: being together rather than rivalry.

At 10am today in Top Mossley in Lancashire there will be an outdoor recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and the Grace before a brass band starts to lead the procession downhill to Bottom Mossley and back.

For the rest of the day, and well into the late evening, brass bands feature in brass band contests in Mossley and Uppermill where the main street is closed.

**Manchester Whit Walk is on this weekend’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday morning.

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