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 Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2018

Stalybridge’s Whit Walks, 20 May 2018

As with Dukinfield’s walks, the same great sunny weather came to Stalybridge’s Whit Walks. The attendance that afternoon was higher than Dukinfield’s walks though seen by some as being down on last year’s gathering. Continue reading “In Pictures: Highlights of the Stalybridge Whit Walks, 2018”

In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks, 2018

Dukinfield’s Whit Walks, 20 May 2018

This year’s Whit Walkers were treated to some superb weather in Dukinfield’s Procession of Witness. As early as 10am, the sunny conditions were more suited to barbecues instead of raspberry buns and brews. Despite good weather, the turnout was down on last year. Continue reading “In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks, 2018”

Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017

East of the M60’s preview to this year’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests in the Tameside area

Hard to believe we are three weeks away from either getting Strong and Stable Government®, or government for many and not the few.

Right, never mind that, it is also three weeks away to The World’s Greatest Free Show on Earth. Ladies and gentlemen, we at East of the M60 mean… Whit Friday. Hence our preview of the contests taking place in the Tameside area. Continue reading “Tameside: Stand By for Whitsuntide 2017”

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: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks

The Dukinfield Whit Walks, 08 June 2014

Hundreds of Dukinfield people took part and watched this year’s Procession of Witness. Walkers and observers were blessed with fine weather, though turnout of the latter group seemed to be down on last year’s figures. Unlike previous years, it seemed to have been a more stripped down event, with for any bystanders the omission of hymn sheets. Continue reading “In Pictures: Highlights of the Dukinfield Whit Walks”

Whit a Cock-Up!

Chaos turns traditional event into procession of witless

Wright StreetLite SN14 EAX, Armentieres Square, Stalybridge
Whit a Fiasco! Wright StreetLite and an Enviro400 crawling behind the Whit Walkers. Now, couldn’t they have diverted the 236 via Portland Place and the 408 via Caroline Street?

Farmers Market stallholders and cost cutting measures were blamed for the shoddy organisation of Stalybridge’s Whit Walks yesterday afternoon. In a spite of a good turnout and warm weather, Whit walkers: Continue reading “Whit a Cock-Up!”

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)