Top 10 things we love to remember from Warrington Walking Day

Warrington Guardian: Top 10 things we remember from Warrington Walking Day Top 10 things we remember from Warrington Walking Day

AS the town celebrates Warrington Walking Day, we look at the top 10 things that make the day what it is.

And the things we remember most about walking day.

1 The rain

It seems that no matter what the weather is like before or after, there is always a shower waiting for walking day.

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2 The bands

You can always hear the procession before you see it. And when else in the year do you get to hear such a collection of brass bands?

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3 The pennies

Be honest, what could beat having someone you know run out from the crowd and give you some pennies for the fair later that afternoon? With inflation, mayeb it is 50ps now...

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4 The fair

Speaking of which, the fair on Orford Park or Victoria Park was always a real highlight of the weekend.

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5 The day off

Most businesses stopped closing decades ago and now even most of the schools in Warrington stay open. But walking day was like that extra bank holiday you never had in the summer

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6 Novelty balloons

Your mum would probably never buy you one but who didn't dream of a Thomas the Tank Engine shaped balloon on walking day?

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7 A pint

It is tiring work watching all those people walk past. What time do the pubs open...?

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8 The history

Set up in the 1830s, there aren't many things in Warrington which have stood the test of time in the way walking day has - here's to the next 180 years

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9 The sun

We're staying hopeful but sometimes the sun does come out on walking day!

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10 The end of the walk

By the time you had walked to town, round town, and then back again you'd had quite enough of walking. And there would normally be some takeaway to tuck into

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1:17pm Fri 27 Jun 14

richiepooh says...

Something that is lost by corporate influence and out of town head offices is that nowhere closes anymore and that's a shame, it was like Warrington had its own little bank holiday.
because people were assured of the day to watch the parade, the parade meant more, affected more and was more.

we need to return to that, but it should be initiated by the council by writing to companies weeks before, advising them of what it means to warrington.
Something that is lost by corporate influence and out of town head offices is that nowhere closes anymore and that's a shame, it was like Warrington had its own little bank holiday. because people were assured of the day to watch the parade, the parade meant more, affected more and was more. we need to return to that, but it should be initiated by the council by writing to companies weeks before, advising them of what it means to warrington. richiepooh
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2:43pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MikeJT says...

There are a number of reasons that WD is not "as it was". As outlined by richiepooh above, one of the biggest influence is the change in the profile of the employers. There are no longer and BIG Warrington based employers (eg:- Rylands, Tetley Walkers, Greenhalls). Would the likes of United Utilities or O2 ever take the steps of giving its staff off because its walking day. Nope !!

But its not only the employers. I am Warrington born and bred and used to walk ever year as a kid. As a teenager we used to watch the walk and then down to the fair. Now (in my 40s) I work out of town and the concept of WD is alien.

Even within Warrington there are issues as well. I do not know, but I would be glad to find out which school in areas such as Orford or Padgate or Stockton Heath didnt close today because those areas have their own walking down.

And finally....much as it shouldnt....WD did lose something when the licencing laws changed. Its used to be the one day of the year when the pubs would stay open ALL DAY. Now that is the norm.

Personally I dont think it will ever be "as it was" and I fear that unless there is some outside-the-box thinking I dont think it may last for much longer. (Out of the box ideas......extend it to more "ethnic" groups, remove the emphasis on religion,incorporate it with another even (revive Warrington Festival?), town fete on the town hall back lawns)
There are a number of reasons that WD is not "as it was". As outlined by richiepooh above, one of the biggest influence is the change in the profile of the employers. There are no longer and BIG Warrington based employers (eg:- Rylands, Tetley Walkers, Greenhalls). Would the likes of United Utilities or O2 ever take the steps of giving its staff off because its walking day. Nope !! But its not only the employers. I am Warrington born and bred and used to walk ever year as a kid. As a teenager we used to watch the walk and then down to the fair. Now (in my 40s) I work out of town and the concept of WD is alien. Even within Warrington there are issues as well. I do not know, but I would be glad to find out which school in areas such as Orford or Padgate or Stockton Heath didnt close today because those areas have their own walking down. And finally....much as it shouldnt....WD did lose something when the licencing laws changed. Its used to be the one day of the year when the pubs would stay open ALL DAY. Now that is the norm. Personally I dont think it will ever be "as it was" and I fear that unless there is some outside-the-box thinking I dont think it may last for much longer. (Out of the box ideas......extend it to more "ethnic" groups, remove the emphasis on religion,incorporate it with another even (revive Warrington Festival?), town fete on the town hall back lawns) MikeJT
  • Score: 1

8:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

IKnowHim says...

Benefit Cheats Annoy Me! Terrorists Annoy Me. But Nothing Riles Me More Than "Walking Day" I Absolutely Despise It. It Is Nothing More Than An Excuse For All The Chavs And Above Mentioned Benefit Cheats To Sit In Doss Holes Such As Postern Gate And Bridges From The Middle Of The Morning, Drinking Their Benefit Money Away While Their Dragged Up Kids Run Wild. Then They All Decide To Have A Massive Fight And Look Forward To The Next Year. Scum Bag Chavs. If These Half Breeds Did A Little Bit Of Research Into What The Whole Meaning Of The Day Is, The Majority Of Them Wouldn't Go Within 10 Miles Of The Parades. I Run A Pub In The Town And Had To Remove A Pile Of Women With A Multitude Of Kids From My Establishment Because They Would Rather Get Tanked Up And Leave There Kids To Run Riot Than Look After Their Offspring.
Benefit Cheats Annoy Me! Terrorists Annoy Me. But Nothing Riles Me More Than "Walking Day" I Absolutely Despise It. It Is Nothing More Than An Excuse For All The Chavs And Above Mentioned Benefit Cheats To Sit In Doss Holes Such As Postern Gate And Bridges From The Middle Of The Morning, Drinking Their Benefit Money Away While Their Dragged Up Kids Run Wild. Then They All Decide To Have A Massive Fight And Look Forward To The Next Year. Scum Bag Chavs. If These Half Breeds Did A Little Bit Of Research Into What The Whole Meaning Of The Day Is, The Majority Of Them Wouldn't Go Within 10 Miles Of The Parades. I Run A Pub In The Town And Had To Remove A Pile Of Women With A Multitude Of Kids From My Establishment Because They Would Rather Get Tanked Up And Leave There Kids To Run Riot Than Look After Their Offspring. IKnowHim
  • Score: 2
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