Rushbearing procession families have been busy decorating their own rushes to carry alongside the traditional church offerings with young ones taking part from an early age and still involved many years later. Photo - Emma Peterkin
Luke Todd carried the Harp in 2011.
1950s Rushbearing recalled by Angela Wright.
A scene from 1962 also forwarded by Angela shows her brother, Keith, to the right of the harp.
Twenty years later Angela is still taking part in Rushbearing along with Ailsa Ross, Denise Morton, Helen Graham, Susan Cowking, Nigel Prickett, Debbie Murphy, Alan Bell and Kevin Parsons.
The Mortlock family forwarded this recollection from 1975.
A decade later and Corinne Burton is ready to set off in the 1986 procession.
Ann Gornall captures girls getting ready by the school for the start of the 1988 Rushbearing with the Church bearings.
Young friends Alexandra Menaud and Gemma Norcott holding hands in 1988.
More recently Emma Peterkin sent in the lovely pram decoration.
Back to the 1950s now with memories from Lorraine Haddath.
An infant Sophie Tyson enjoyed a 'Pushbearing' with her brothers in 1981.
Shirley and Luke Todd with the 2012 Harp he carried at the front of the Rushbearing. Luke's mum Helen, who has taken part in Ambleside Rushbearing from a youngster, provided this recollection of early childhood days.
"My earliest recollection of Rushbearing was when I was about seven years old. I went along with my mum to ‘help’ decorate the church bearings in the old Vicarage Room. Quite a lot of people were decorating their bearings outside, but the principal bearings were being decorated inside.
The most overriding memory is of Mrs Fawkes and Mrs Mallinson (Nursery Nurse and Nursery Teacher at the time) sitting at a table gently opening the water lilies, which had been collected the night before. These of course were to be put onto the Harp along with the hundreds of bunches of grass picked from the Rugby field by Dorothy Dugdale.
However, the lilies were full of spiders and other creepy crawlies, which neither Mrs Fawkes or Mrs Mallinson appreciated – in fact they squealed their way through the morning until all the water lilies were opened."
1953 RUSHBEARING - Do you recognise yourself on this photo?
RAISING THE RUSHES
On arriving in the Market Square the Rushbearing halts to be addressed and those gathered to join in singing the traditional Rushbearing Hymn
Following this bearers 'Raise Rushes' much to the applause of the many followers and visitors who come back to watch year after year.
The local Burneside Brass Band accompany the singing and play during the procession.
The Shingler family have been long standing supporters of Ambleside Rushbearing and David (pictured left with third generation bearer daughter Lydia) sent his recollection.
"This was a very special moment for me as it continued a tradition that meant so much to me in my childhood growing up in Ambleside.
The Rushbearing has always been important to our family. My parents bought their first business on Rushbearing day, allowing them to move to the Lakes from Birmingham. This was a dream move for both of them having met holidaying at White Cross Bay. For me involvement started in the early 80s in my pram and continued through school and into adulthood.
After leaving the area for work it was so special for me to return with my daughter to share in the tradition with another generation.
I look forward for the chance to return again, next time with Lydia's younger sister Agnes too and keep our Rushbearing connection alive."
The Rushbearing then proceeds back to St Mary's Church for a short blessing of rushes.
Following the church service and consumed by gingerbread and their their traditional Rushbearing Tea, children take part in sports on Kelsick field where races, egg and spoon and all manner of children's favourites are competed for in light-hearted fun culminating in the unique fell race to the top of Todd Crag and back.