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Battling the banners – Materialities of the Whit Walks 2019

I have just been reviewing my photos from yesterday’s annual procession and as it was the first time I have witnessed the Walks in more blustery weather I appeared to have taken quite a few shots of the banners. The relationship between the weather, the Walkers, the banners and other materialities which come into play is part of what constitutes the Whit Walks over time and space. The care and attention that is paid to these banners is also worth noting. Especially the traditional banners which have probably seen more Walks than those walking yesterday. There are also more modern banners which are produced through modern technologies rather than hand sewn.