This year is the 170th anniversary of Ernest Jones’s address to a gathering of around 30,000 people on Blackstone Edge, in August 1846. It was the event which moved him to write his poem, “On Blackstone Edge”, set to a then popular hymn tune. The song that we now sing each year as part of our commemorative gathering.
Thirty or so of us braved the wind and rain. Five of us walked from Todmorden and joined a couple of dozen others at the White House. Singers came from choirs in Hebden Bridge, Burnley, Bolton, Manchester and Settle. We had expected two speakers and a reader, but none of them managed to be with us on the day. The rain and wind curtailed our singing and picnicking, so a shorter gathering than usual, but followed by a more comfortable get together in the warmth of the pub.
Four people also walked up from Littleborough, but sadly aimed for the wrong hill, so didn’t get to the gathering spot until the last banner was disappearing along the track towards the pub.
We hope for more sunshine and less rain next time! Thanks to Moira for leading the singing and to all who joined us today.