On Monday the village had quite a deserted aspect. Most
of the principal shops and places of business were closed, and the
greater portion of the villagers went to Scarborough with the excursion.
There is little doubt that, like other such customs, Rushbearing is
becoming a thing of the past at Lymm.
The modern version is as follows: between twenty and
thirty villagers rise in the small hours of Saturday morning, and having
donned fancy costumes, they divide into three parties and proceed into
the village, each from a different direction. A kind of morris dance,
very pretty in its effect, is executed by each party, and assistance is
expected at each house the dancers stop at.
Such was the ceremony which took place on Saturday, [12th
August 1893] and a stranger would certainly have found it difficult to
see the connection between it and the old custom.
Text from Geoff Bibb's e-book
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