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A Helping of History - 23/04/2019

A Helping of History - 23/04/2019

Playing tracks by

The Teenagers, Great Ladies Of Rock & Roll, Danny & The Juniors, Del Shannon, The Marvelettes and more.

As it’s St George’s Day, it seems only fitting that this week’s show will be reporting on this year’s Middleton Pace Egg play, which was performed on Easter Monday.

Pace Egg plays are an old Easter tradition, thought to be derived from the medieval mystery play tradition. Although the Pace Egg tradition largely died out during WWI, several places now stage a revived version… and Middleton is one of those places. Now in its 53rd year, the Middleton Pace Egg play tells the story of St George fighting the Turkish Champion in defence of the King of England. The play is performed in (and, weather-permitting, out) of various pubs in Middleton, every Easter Monday.

I’ll be reporting on this year’s play, sharing some snippets of the action, and chatting to the cast about their roles in this very quirky Middleton tradition.

As always, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

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