Midgley Pace Egg Play 2019
Good Friday 2019

It was not so long ago that groups of travelling players set out every Good Friday to act out a traditional mummers play that has survived for several centuries. Now there are very few groups who continue this tradition and here in the Upper Calder Valley we are privileged to have two such groups.

For this we have to thank the stalwarts of Heptonstall who perform in Heptonstall square several times throughout the day and a band of travelling players who perform in 10 different locations in the Upper Valley. The times and places of these performances are listed below.

This group are all ex Calder High School students who, on their own initiative, have continued to perform the Midgley version of the play for the past few years. A group has been formed to support the players and to ensure its continuity in the future. The troop are to be highly commended for their commitment to this traditional event. So please come and support them on Good Friday.

  • Bankfield (Bankfields Avenue just off Midgley Road) Mytholmroyd 8.45
  • Todmorden Market 9.30
  • Mytholmroyd, St Michael’s Church 10.30
  • Hebden Bridge Holme Street (by the Post office) 11.00
  • Hebden Bridge St George’s Square 11.30
  • Peckett Well. The Robin hood 12.15
  • Hebden Bridge, The Marina 13.15
  • Luddenden Village 14.00
  • Midgley: Central Bus stop 14.30
  • Heptonstall: Weaver’s Square 15.00

Pace Egg

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