Pace Egging

One of the highlights of our recent holiday up north was catching the Calder Valley Pace Egg play in Todmorden, a little Yorkshire town in among the Pennines. Pace Egging is a regional form of mumming with the main story being the conflict between Saint George and a number of challengers, with a doctor resurrecting the fallen saint.

The theme of resurrection seems very fitting for Easter. I love these local folk traditions, and wish we had more in my neck of the woods.

This performance was notable for being the first time that Saint George was represented by a woman. I thought it was brilliant and all the performers did a great job.

Unfortunately the photos aren’t great, and my terrible negative scanner hasn’t done them any favours, but perhaps the fuzzy quality might offer a timelessness.

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