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Tattenhall Wakes – The History of an Annual Festivity

4th August 2021 @ 6:06am – by Tattenhall Local History
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The planned 'Tattenhall Together Again' event is to be held on Sunday 5 September.

Many of you will already have seen the Poster designed by the Parish Council in support of this celebration, post the lockdowns of the Covid 19 Pandemic.

The event will provide an opportunity for everyone to come together for an afternoon of celebration and fun.

I was asked by our Parish Clerk to create some historical context to the annual celebrations which were previously held in the village and, most notably, the Tattenhall Wakes.

It is hard to believe the simplicity of events that were held on an annual basis as close to the feast day of St Alban as was possible. Historically, there were processions from the Ladies' Club, processions from the Oddfellows and, of course, the Children's Parade (to then be replaced by the Rose Queen event). The village came together annually for thanksgiving and for celebration.

The images I have used in support of this article show a Children's Parade processing near to the War Memorial and held on Wakes Monday, at which both boys and girls are holding arches of flowers, and a Ladies' Parade at Church Bank (click on each image to enlarge).

For further information on the Tattenhall Wakes CLICK HERE; interestingly this page of the Local History Website also contains insights and recollections of Wakes Monday from Alice Dutton whom I interviewed many years ago.

The content might also give our current youngsters (and their families) some pointers in the making of Flower Wands which are advertised on the Parish Council poster.

For newcomers to Tattenhall, the Local History Website houses an astonishing archive of times past

Terri Hull, Tattenhall Local History

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