W.S. Gilbert's "eight hours at the seaside" is responsible in
large measure for the decline of the ancient festival of Rushbearing at
Cheap trips induce people to go abroad rather than patronise the fearful
hobby horse or the giddy delights of the high swing.
Even the Morris dancers are reduced to one troupe, and those boys, in
place of two serious parties of gaily-bedecked men.
Instead of being gay with noisy organs and shows, Lymm this last week
end was in its normal condition, except that old Lymm Grays visited
their friends and deplored this decline of their festival.