Traditions old and new bring people to the valley at Easter

The Pace Egg play performed by Calder High School students in the mid-1960s - this picture was taken by Todmorden reader Peter Wood in White Hart Fold, Todmorden
The Pace Egg play performed by Calder High School students in the mid-1960s - this picture was taken by Todmorden reader Peter Wood in White Hart Fold, Todmorden

WHEN it comes to great Easter traditions, the upper Calder Valley is rich in them and it is no surprise tpurists flock to our towns over the weekend.

There are walks of witness in both Todmorden and Hebden Bridge on Good Friday which along with Easter Sunday services mark the religious significance of Easter time.

The weekend also carries its share of entertainment modern - Hebden Bridge Rotary Club’s Duck Race on Easter Monday, for example - and ancient, or at least the continuation of an older tradition with the Pace Egg Plays.

Throughout the day players in Heptonstall act out their version of the story in the village square, while you will see Calder High School students act out the Midgley Pace Egg play throughout the upper valley.

As a Todmordian, this is the performance I have seen several times over the years. You will need to catch it early, at 9.30am, nicely timed so townspeople can also see the town’s walk of witness later on in the morning.

Students have performed it for more than 50 years now, and long may they continue, it’s a great spectacle. This picture was taken by Peter Wood, of Todmorden, in the mid 1960s and they certainly gathered a crowd.

With the Heptonstall production as well we are spoiled for choice, and lucky to have them both. You will find details about both sets of peerformances on page four of this week’s issue.