The Whit Walks in Visual and Popular Culture

So I haven’t blogged in soooo long for two reasons:

  1. I have been busy doing the work!
  2. I sometimes feel like I have little ‘actual work’ to show for all the work (i.e. papers under review but not published/bids written but waiting answers).

Anyway, I was at Tate Britain last week and they have a LS Lowry painting on display ‘The Pond’

At the very bottom of this painting is a small procession with a banner. Now, I am not clear if this is a trade union procession or a Whit Walk but it got me thinking. LS Lowry has other works which depict processions more explicitly such as The Procession’  and the Whit Walks in South Wales are depicted in ‘Procession in South Wales, Whit Monday’

I am going to have a look into these artworks more closely but it got me thinking about other examples of Whit Walks in visual arts and popular culture.

The most notable example is in the film of Salford playwright, Shelia Delaney’s play, “A Taste of Honey’. More recent use of the Walks in a film is the wonderful opening scene of the 1999 film ‘East is East’ (based on the play by Ayub-Khan Din) where the walks set the scene for the working class milieu of Salford in the 1970s.

Clip from East is East opening scene (1999)

What I am thinking of doing to collating examples of the Walks representation in visual, literary (‘The Manchester Man’ being an example here) and popular culture to understand how they are imagined in the wider popular consciousness.

Please do let me know if you know of any examples! Louise@paradesandprocessions.co.uk

I also promise to blog more!

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