Friday 28th May 2010
Friday 17th June 2011
Friday is the premier day of Saddleworth’s year. The religious feast
of Whitsun, also known as Pentecost, generally falls in late May or
early June. It celebrates the coming of the tongues of fire onto the
apostles’ heads enabling them to go out and preach to the world in
all languages. For this reason, it is seen as the birthday of the
The Whit Walks are therefore a walk of witness, by all the Christian
churches, done in celebration to spread God’s word. As a celebration,
it is a high day and holiday. Local schools and businesses are closed
to enable everyone to take part. All dress in their best - it used
to be the practice that people would get their one new outfit of the
year for Whit Friday.
Each church in Saddleworth walks with its own congregation, banners,
Sunday school children and flowers to the accompaniment of brass bands
and most eventually congregate in Uppermill for a united service.
After this, all process down Uppermill High Street to the viaduct
and back, enabling congregations to pass and greet each other.
Whit Walks are a long established tradition, especially in the north
of England, but have died out in the majority of places - leaving
Saddleworth to continue this valued custom into the 21st century.
Whit Friday Brassband Contest
The official website for full details of the Whit Friday Walks