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In Days Gone By - Bertha
Crocker & Geoff Tittershill
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Croston Pageant 1951. The pageant was a fundraising function
in support of the proposed new `Bishop Rawstorne' secondary
The pageant included singing, recitations, court jester,
drama and many scenes from local history.
Each parish had its own `party' spot and costumes were
hired specially for the occasion. The event was supported
by big and enthusiastic crowds from the surrounding villages.
more recently, in the late seventies, a group of local
people enjoying themselves at Rufford Mediaeval Market
and Fair. This event dates back to the 12th century when
the original charter was granted by Edward III. In 1976
it came into being in its present form and over recent
years has become a popular, annual event enjoyed by thousands
of people in early May.
Rufford Cricket Team photographed in the 1930s.
On the back row can be seen, Jimmy Brindle, Bob Southworth,
Fred Hall, Lynt Ashcroft, Malcolm Bridge, Tommy Chadwick,
Bob Chadwick and Jim Lingard.
On the front row can be found Bill Moss, Greg Edge,
Jack Ashcroft and George Caunce.
Sitting on the grass are Jack Almond and Michael Southworth.
Rufford Show Committee, 1920. This was a major agricultural
show and was held on the park since 1846. It was continued,
apart from the war years, until 1956, and in recent
times has been superseded by the Mediaeval Fair.
Cattle, horses, poultry, birds, pigs and sheep were
shown in the parade ring. There was also horse jumping
to entertain the crowds in the evening.