Whitsuntide sings

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A tradition which grew up in the Victorian period, especially in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, and remained popular until the 1960s, since when it has declined considerably. The members of each church or chapel walked behind a banner bearing the name and foundation date of the Sunday School and a large religious picture. At selected points, they would be joined by other congregations in prayers and the singing of hymns, until all the members of churches and chapels in the locality met together in some public place—a park or market square—for the main celebration, led by a conductor and brass band and the various ministers. Special programmes were printed for the event. This was an occasion for new clothes and the return of the native‐born. The hymn‐singing and prayers were followed by teas and sports at the respective churches. There was much mild rivalry to assemble the largest congregation and put on the best show. In some Lancashire towns the Protestants and Catholics paraded on different days; elsewhere, the occasion was ecumenical.

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