Warrington Guardian, 14th August, 1889, c.6
Altrincham and Bowden Guardian, 17th August, 1889, p.5, c.1
Extracts from the identical Press Reports
The annual Lymm Wakes which are locally termed the
"Rushbearing Festival," commenced on Saturday....
...this year the fair has dwindled down to such a degree that there was
not even a solitary show to cause excitement...
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On Saturday there was the usual troupes of "Morris Dancers,"
who danced throughout the village each man being gaily decked with
ribbons of all colours. The antics of the leaders caused much amusement
to the visitors, but to Lymm people is is like the harlequinade at the
pantomime - the same thing over and over again, year after year.
In former years the rushes were taken to church, to serve as a kind of
matting along the ailses, on which occasion a service was held, after
which, so Lymm tradition runs "the majority of the men got
Although the ceremony of carting the rushes to church has been
abandoned, a rush cart was, for many years, prepared and drawn by well
groomed horses. Even this has fallen through and does not look likely to
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