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Taken 6-Oct-12
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Rochdale, Rushbearing ceremony

The rushcart is drawn through the streets of Rochdale by Morrismen. Originally it was taken to the Parish Church, the rushes being strewn on the floor to provide a 'pleasanter' floor covering. Notice the boy on top of the rushcart. He needed to be 'sober of mind and thought' - hence the term being on the waggon - implying not drinking alcohol.
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Rochdale,  Rushbearing ceremony