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KERSAL MOOR CELEBRATION IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 28th August 2011

THE MOOR THE MERRIER 

After the morning's torrential rain, the sun came out on Kersal Moor for the annual celebration of one of Salford's most historic sites.

With games, exhibitions, stalls, a brass band and more, the day, as always,  was a great success.

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With everything from bat and bird box making courtesy of the Salford Rangers, to a stall selling `Chartist view celebratory spicy nuts' and people walking around in fancy dress, the annual Kersal Moor Celebration kept the traditions of this historic site alive and kicking.

One of the most popular stalls was a mini Re-tracing Salford exhibition focusing on the old Agecroft Colliery, complete with an authentic miner's hat and lamps, plus photos of the iconic local pit. And while visitors, including Councillors Jim King and George Wilson, were extracting memories, the sounds of Bessie's Boys Band could be heard wafting around the site.

Alice Searle, dressed as a Victorian escapee from Prestwich Asylum, sold loads of copies of her new book More Moor Tales (see here), which recounts strange stories from the area and Salford Fair Trade City stall held a raffle of fair trade groceries from local stores.

With lots of tea and cakes, local craftsmen showing off their wares and kids dressed as local folk heroes, it really was, not only a celebration of the Moor but a coming together of the community from the whole surrounding area.

And the day was rounded off perfectly by Salford City, playing across the road at Moor Lane, stuffing Trafford FC 3-1...

 


 

percy stilton wrote
at 4:44:08 AM on Monday, August 29, 2011
ps Dear Alice, you can dispense with the formality of calling me, Mr. Stilton....I will be more than happy if you just call me plain old ..Percy... Yours Sincerely Mr.Stilton
 
percy stilton wrote
at 4:44:03 AM on Monday, August 29, 2011
forgive me if I seem acerbic, Alice..I did enjoy the day overall....it was just lacking a bit more a feeling of fun & celebration...and people. Agreed the cakes looked & smelt delicious, just did,nt have any money in my pockets to sample their delight. You were charming & lovely....and I look forward to reading your poetry. The natural beauty of the Moor itself was the main attraction for me & my dog on the day & in that we were not disappointed.
 
Alice Searle wrote
at 10:45:56 AM on Sunday, August 28, 2011
In spite of torrential rain the good people of Salford turned out to support the Celebration. I guess the mud on the racecourse was our little Glastonbury!!Sorry Mr Stilton that peole did not smile at you because, believe me, all the Friends of Kersal Moor are a very positive and optimistic group of peole, who worked voluntarily to get the 'show on the Moor!' The cakes, if nothing else, were a marvel of culinary art. Maybe Mr Stilton you saw a little of the real sadness we are feeling about the recent damage done to the Monument. As an admirer of the Chartist I know you will feel the same. Please join us and become a Friend of Kersal Moor. Next meeting is 12th September at St Paul's Church, Moor Lane.
 
percy stilton wrote
at 5:36:24 AM on Sunday, August 28, 2011
pps as an admirer of Cobden & the Chartists...it was good to see them represented on Kersal Moor.
 
percy stilton wrote
at 5:21:37 AM on Sunday, August 28, 2011
ppps without wanting to sound to critical or cynical & without the esoteric poetic allusions to this celebration...I found some of the Salford people manning the stalls a bit sour & dour. You mentioned in your article the re-tracing salford stall...I visited that same stall and tried to engage the person on it in conversation...it was like trying to engage with a blank plank...he looked at me as if I was from another planet...a stranger in a strange land....likewise with the man manning the chartists stand. Thank goodness for the besses boys brass band. They made me proud to be Besses O th barn ...born & bred.... Happy to say the guy from the Salford Star was the friendliest person i met at this "celebration" day. If some of the good people of Salford learnt to smile moor at stangers...the sun might have shone earlier on
 
percy stilton wrote
at 5:21:29 AM on Sunday, August 28, 2011
I was out walking the dog on Kersal Moor unaware this celebration was taking place...suddenly the sun blasted brilliantly through the clouds and I heard the sound of Besses Brass band in the distance. Following my nose & ears I came to a clearing and saw the tents, stalls & people celebrating on the moor...a lovely site....an enchanting sight.....a day full of peace & light. What a delight! ps y only dissapointment was that there was no manrace across the moor...I was more than prepared to strip off & strut my stuff, running naked through the heather & oak....oh well....maybe next year...
 
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