[Report of the 1907 Lymm Rushbearing
- including mention of Knutsford Royal May Day]
East London Advertiser 
6th April 1907

Rush-Bearing
The venerable institution known as "rush-bearing" was observed at Lymm, in Cheshire, up to about half a century ago.
The troupes of morris-dancers which accompanied the cart still parade the village on Rush-bearing Sunday, but the rush-cart disappeared some years ago. The cart was drawn by grey horses, selected from the village teams, and decorated with flowers and ribbons.
On the rushes sat persons holding garlands which were to decorate the church for the coming year. These garlands were made of hoops slung round a pole, the strings being concealed by artificial flowers and tinsel.
All the hamlets the neighbourhood were visited, pre-ceded by morris dancers, both male and female, who were attended by a fool and Maid Marian. The latter jingles a bell to a quaint tune, at the same time holding out a big wooden ladle for alms.
At sunset the cavalcade returned to Lymm where the garlands were fixed in the church and a peel was rung on the bells.
The morris dancers still turn out at the wakes. The troupe consists of seven men in fantastic dress, amd maid Marian, who is not so fashionable attired as when she is Queen of the May. 

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