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Whit Walk Makes A Comeback

Friday May 16 2014

A CENTURIES-OLD custom will be brought back this summer as a new event to bring communities together.

Walk Barnsley is reinvigorating the traditional Whitsuntide event.

The new Whit Walk will be a chance for families and communities to come together, take some gentle exercise and celebrate one of Barnsley’s most fondly remembered traditions.

The origin of the Whit Walk dates back to 1821 and was a procession for children, who would wear their new clothes and carry baskets of flowers or ribbons attached to banners.

During the 19th century, Whitsun (white Sunday) had a huge cultural significance in the north of England as it was the first day of Whitsuntide, a week of festivities when workers had a welcome break from the factories which closed for a holiday week.

The new Barnsley Whit Walk will be held on Sunday, June 8 and will be a stroll around Locke Park.

Children attending are being encouraged to dress up and the boy and girl wearing the best costume will be crowned Whit King and Queen on the day and lead the walk.

In keeping with tradition, all walkers are encouraged to wear their Sunday best. Hats and bonnets are encouraged, men can wear flowers in buttonholes and people are welcome to wear full Victorian costumes.

* Do you have any memories or photographs of earlier Whit Walks in Barnsley? Email nicky@wearebarnsley.com and we would love to share them.

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