Padiham revives fun day tradition after Whit Walks

The procession makes its way through Padiham town centre
The procession makes its way through Padiham town centre
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A proud Padiham tradition, that died out several years ago, is set to be revived in 2015.

A family fun day will be held after this year’s Whit Walks for the first time in decades.

Organisers hope the event on Sunday, May 31st, will draw more crowds to the annual Procession of Witness and also restore an age old tradition.

Mrs Kath Ashcroft, one of the organisers, said: “In years gone by the fun day was a massive event in Padiham, a real tradition and we want that to return.

“It is time for people to start loving Padiham again and not knocking it all the time. This could be a fantastic event that will really put this town back on the map.’’

The fun day will be held on St Leonard’s Primary School playing fields and will include a host of traditional attractions including a Victorian style market and funfair, old fashioned games including skittles and visitors are being encouraged to dress in Victorian themed costumes.

Mrs Ashcroft added: “So many people have got on board with the idea and really want to help either with their time or by donating prizes or items for the day.

“Usually after the event people just go home but this year there will be a great event to finish off the day.’’

The Whit Walks procession has taken place in Padiham for over 100 years when representatives from all the churches in the town, and also St Margaret’s in Hapton, march side by side through the streets.

Brass bands usually accompany the parade along with representatives of all the uniformed organisations carrying flags and banners.

The Walking Day was under threat last year when police said 2014 would be the last year they could marshall the event.

This year police cadets are expected to be drafted in to help run the day and the churches involved are planning to apply for a grant to help pay for a traffic management company to oversee road closures while the procession takes place.