Suits you! Well dressing ceremony returns in Gee Cross

AROUND 200 years ago The Grapes at Gee Cross decided to follow their Derbyshire neighbours and hold well dressing celebrations at Booths Well.

It proved a clever way of inducing local mill workers to come to the Stockport Road hostelry on their one day off to part with their money on gin and beer.

Two centuries later the well dressing tradition is an annual focal point of village life.

And on Sunday, July 14 between 2pm-4pm, the custom will once again be held thanks to the Gee Cross community.

Indeed, it was the Women’s Institute who revived the tradition in 2000 as a millennium project.

Each year the community picks a theme and a picture is made from all natural materials. Schools, local scouting, guiding and younger groups all dress wells.

On Well Dressing Sunday roads are closed and hundreds of people join in the celebrations and march around the village and each well is blessed.

The Grapes is still in the heart of the village and a starting place for the activities. Hyde Chapel is the venue to join together to hear its newly restored organ and hear local school children sing.

The conclusion of the afternoon is tea and cake in the school room provided by the WI.

There will be a programme of the event for a £1 donation towards running the dressing of the wells.

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