Stalybridge Whit Walks 2019, Trinity Street

In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2019

Stalybridge’s Whit Walks, 09 June 2019

Predictably, Stalybridge’s Whit Walks were affected by the grey weather with most of the showers coming at 2pm. Though higher than Dukinfield’s turnout, there were still fewer onlookers compared with last year. Needless to say, the changeable weather might have put a few people off.

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Dukinfield Methodist Church, King Street

In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks, 2019

Dukinfield’s Whit Walks, 09 June 2019

On the 09 June, some of Dukinfield’s churches upheld the tradition of Whit Walking. With June often regarded as a warm month, the weather that Sunday was changeable. At 10am, the blue skies promised some decent weather. By 11am, they turned into a dingy grey.

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In Defence of the Present Sunday Trading Hours

Why six hours on the Sabbath Day is enough

Outside the mall
intu Trafford Centre, a present-day place of worship for many shoppers. Image by Mijaeus (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved)

Since November 1994, against the will of Keep Sunday Special, Sunday trading as we know today began in England and Wales. In Northern Ireland it is only five hours instead of six. Today, a vote to extend Sunday Trading hours was defeated 317 to 286 in the House of Commons. 27 Conservative MPs voted against George Osborne’s plan, which was backed by Sajid Javid MP. The plans were opposed by Labour Party and Scottish National Party MPs. Continue reading “In Defence of the Present Sunday Trading Hours”

In Pictures: The 2015 Whit Walks – Dukinfield and Stalybridge

East of the M60 World Exclusive: images of this year’s Whit Walks in Dukinfield and Stalybridge

Eight churches, four from Dukinfield and four from Stalybridge, upheld the traditional Procession of Witness on a cloudy Whit Sunday. Continue reading “In Pictures: The 2015 Whit Walks – Dukinfield and Stalybridge”

In Pictures: The 2012 Dukinfield Whit Walks

East of the M60 World Exclusive: images of this year’s Whit Walks in Dukinfield

Dukinfield’s churchgoers were treated to excellent weather for this year’s Procession of Witness. The blistering heat made for conditions more suitable for barbecues instead of brass bands and church banners. For some, this was a nice change from previous walks where wind or rain made the going less easy, more for brollies instead of barbecues. In spite of the sunny conditions, there were few onlookers, most of which concentrated around the Town Hall.

It was also an emotional Whit Walks for St. Luke’s Church’s parishioners. Owing to structural problems affecting the church, a recent quote to arrest the subsidence was deemed beyond the reach of their finances. Therefore, the church will be dissolved by the start of 2013, with this year their last appearance on Whitsuntide.

The Procession of Witness, popularly known as the Whit Walks is a religious occasion celebrating Pentecost, where all churches assemble at a central part of the town centre. Some people may choose to walk with their church, or choose to watch the churches walking and assembling. Each church is led by a brass band. Sometimes, they may opt for a reed band like Dukinfield’s very own Adamson’s Band, or (as seen on the Manchester Whit Walks) bugle bands, which some critics say run counter to tradition.

Video: St. Luke’s C of E Church:

Images of the 2012 Dukinfield Whit Walks:

Dukinfield Methodist Church
Dukinfield Methodist Church

St. Mark's Church, Dukinfield
St. Mark’s Parish Church

Tyldesley Band, leading Old Chapel Unitarian Church, Dukinfield
Old Chapel Unitarian Church and Tyldesley Band

St. John's Castle Band, Droylsden
St. John’s Castle Band leading out Dukinfield Baptist Church.

S.V., 27 May 2012 (Whit Sunday)