West Hallam

Well Dressing Festival 2000

The choir processed from St Wilfrid's Church along Beech Lane to School Square ....

.... for the opening service accompanied by the Rolls Royce Junior Band.

Early Christians saw well dressing as water worship and tried to stop it but the tradition refused to die. Sceptics in this millenium year would have called it rain worship!

The wells were blessed in turn as the choir returned to the church - this blessing is outside the "Old Post Office".

How would you like to live here? The house right next door to the village pub, "The Punchbowl" was up for sale.

The "Old School House" was the setting for two dressings -"Holy Trinity" and "His Light Still Shines" .

The art of coopering - barrel making - still lives even though the number of coopers remaining is small.

"Guide Dogs For The Blind" was just one of the charities to benefit from the Festival.

Traffic free roads enabled pedestrians to peruse the many stalls in safety.

It seemed a little incongruous to see American Line Dancing in an English village but it all added to the entertainment and the enjoyment.

It would take more than a few showers on a July Saturday afternoon to daunt these hardy people used to an English summer.
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