Hundreds nest-le in to Marsden for annual Cuckoo Day (Video & Gallery)

WELCOME to Cloud Cuckoo Land.

WELCOME to Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Schoolchildren, local residents and hundreds of visitors headed to Marsden on Saturday to join in the village’s annual famous festival.

Cuckoo Day is inspired by the story of the Marsden villagers who realised that when the cuckoo arrived so did the spring and sunshine.

They tried to prolong the bird’s stay by building a wall around it.

On Saturday, visitors did bask in rare sunshine while enjoying the musical styles of both the Marsden Junior Band and the Frumptarn Guggen Band.

Children gathered round to see a St George’s Day-inspired street performance from the Bradshaw Mummers while displays of colourful cuckoos were marched through the village by local schoolchildren.

Other performances included Spiral Dancers Maypole Team and Sisters in Arms.

At 3pm, the entertainers and schools joined for a procession through the village, led by a giant handmade cuckoo.

Jolly and Aly Humphrey moved to Marsden a couple of months ago. They said they were inspired to make the move from Birkby because of traditions like Cuckoo Day and the Jazz Festival.

Aly said: “We were a little bemused at first, but it is wonderful.

“It is a nice way to bring in spring and it has stayed dry all day.

“We had been to the jazz festival in Marsden and we loved it – there is such a lovely feel to the village.

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“We are excited to become part of the community and we are looking forward to being part of this Marsden tradition and bringing our nine-and-a-half month son up here.”

Carl Micklethwaite, of Barnsley-based Frumptarn Guggen Band said that Cuckoo Day is one of their favourite events.

“We always like to make a day of it. The band members come on the train and like sampling some of the great ales that Marsden has to offer.

“The people and the atmosphere are great and we really look forward to coming – this is our sixth year.”

Rides were laid on for the children while The National Trust offered a third off memberships to families.

Rides and an array of stalls, including those selling old-fashioned sweets and furniture, gave visitors plenty to see.

Marsden Mechanics Hall, played host to both Marsden Junior Band and Marsden Infant School Choir.

Story-teller Ruthie Boycott-Garnet excited listeners while Marsden Belly Dancers shook up the village.

Thomas Kitchin and Sean Priestley were taking part in the Sowerby Bridge to Leeds bar crawl – where they stop at eight train stations for a drink along the way.

Thomas said: “We were a little shocked when we got off here, I have never seen anything like it.

“But instead of just staying for one, like we have anywhere else we are enjoying our second drink.

“We hope to come back next year now we know about it.”

 

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