Proud day for Padiham on historic Whit Walks

Sunshine blessed a proud Padiham tradition as the town marked its historic Whit Walks.

Hundreds of people paraded through the streets from churches, schools and organisations across Padiham and Hapton.

Padiham Whit Sunday walk parade through the town. Rose Queen Samantha Ward.

Padiham Whit Sunday walk parade through the town. Rose Queen Samantha Ward.

A brass band added a touch of pomp and ceremony as the procession set off from St Leonard’s Church.

Magnificent flags and standards were held aloft as the ranks of walkers made their way through the streets to the beat of a drum.

People smiled and waved to the crowds lining the streets of the town centre on the sun-drenched Sunday morning.

Civic dignitaries on the walk included Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, and his wife Kathleen, Mayor of Burnley Coun. Frank Cant, Mayor of Padiham Coun. Vince Pridden and Padiham town councillors. They joined churches from Padiham and Hapton on the procession along with Sunday schools, brass bands and uniformed organisations.

The Vicar of Padiham Rev. Mark Jones: “It was a lovely day. People were out enjoying the occasion and the weather.”

Padiham Mayor Coun. Pridden said: “The weather was great and the crowds really came out to support the day. It is a real Padiham tradition and it is something we should preserve otherwise we will lose part of our heritage.

“The council will do its best to keep the tradition going.”