Haworth Scroggling the Holly parade heralds the start of Christmas

Keighley News: Participants in the Scroggling the Holly event Participants in the Scroggling the Holly event

Haworth’s Scroggling the Holly parade yesterday was the most popular in several years.

The public turned out in force to watch the Victorian-style procession, which welcomes Christmas to the village.

The successful event came the day after Haworth’s first-ever fairy parade.

The weekend, organised by Haworth Christmas Committee, began on Saturday with the “Scroggleve” in which pixies and fairies prepared Main Street for the opening of Christmas.

Nikki Carroll, one of the organisers, was delighted with the reception to the first fairy parade.

She said: “It was really lovely. Children from local schools dressed up in fairy costumes and sprinkled fairy dust on Main Street.”

Scroggling the Holly was held as usual on the Sunday when the Holly Queen and her princesses travelled up Main Street on a carriage pulled by a horse, accompanied by Morris dancers and people dressed in Victorian costume.

The Holly Queen was crowned on the steps of Haworth Parish Church watched by Santa Claus and the Snow Princess, who have their grotto just inside the church.

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