Friday, April 29, 2011

Gawthorpe Coal Race plus Sunday Stampers

I live in Gawthorpe, Ossett, West Yorkshire where, on Easter Mondays, they have a Coal Carrying Championship.  This year was the 48th and the first I'd watched.  My daughter's children took part in the 8-10 year olds races.  Lewis came 5th or 6th in his race while Robyn came 2nd in the girls.  The children carry a small plastic bag with sand in.   Both women and men run 1,108 yards, mostly uphill, the women carrying a 20kg sack of coal while the men carry 50kg.  (Apparantly there were approx 2,000 people watching the race).  Gawthorpe also still celebrates May Day with a procession and May Queen, this year is the 139th celebration.
Lewis is wearing the brightly coloured shorts













Robyn is on the left of the photo here; you can see how far ahead the girl is who won. The Maypole can be seen in this picture.












The theme for this week's Sunday Stampers is 'Wings'.  I've made what I call a puffy tag ;-) It's a canvas tag which has been stuffed.

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

oh wonderful photos,hun they look as though they had great fun,and as for your tag love the puffed heart hugs cheryl xxxxx

kayc said...

Looks like they all had a great time. Love the tag. It is gorgeous. Thanks for mentioning me in your last post. Have a good weekend. Kathleen x

Ann said...

Lovely photo's Anne & I just adore your the puffy tag - fabulous idea xxx

Lynne said...

Looks like they had a good time. Love the padded tag, gorgeous colours the padded heart finishes it off perfectly. Looking forward to Friday. Love Lynne x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Both kids look like they had fun. How wonderful that you could attend when there was a special reason. I got a kick out of the Maypole. It was fun to see it all wrapped up.

And that TAG is unbelievable. I've never even thought about making a stuffed tag. Love the concept.

Angie said...

It is wonderful when parts of the country keep traditions ...great photos.
Love the canvas tag ...and the puffy heart is brilliant

Hels Sheridan said...

oh now this is rather splendid Anne... sorry I am sooooo late getting here.. am ...distracted easily lol... hope all is good with you x Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x