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Like many of England’s former industrial towns Sowerby Bridge (which I learnt over the weekend of the Rushbearing Festival to pronounce “Soreby Bridge”) appears to be slowly reinventing itself. Signs of this can be seen in the former engineering works converted to living or small business accommodation, and in the tourist-focused developments around the canal and river.
I came here because of a noteworthy event that takes place here each year on the first weekend in September, the Rushbearing Festival. This is a revival of the ancient custom of bringing fresh rushes, the traditional floor-covering for centuries, to all the churches in the region once a year.
Ricky52’s Rushbearing meetings have become a regular (biennial) fixture on the VT calendar and I was pleased to be able to finally make it to one and see the event for myself, as well as catch up with a number of friends.
To read more about this great tradition, see the festival’s website, or the more extensive pages of other VTers such as:
suvanki’s “Sowerby Bridge, Norland and Triangle –Rushbearing”
Gillybob’s “Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival – 2008”.
I didn’t have time to explore much away from the main street through the town, which is lined with a slightly odd mix of shops (mostly low-priced, basic and somewhat dull, with a few quirky, privately owned gift-shops with an interesting range of goods). There are also a couple of good coffee shops, pubs and a small market.
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