Residents preserve village tradition

Residents of Holymoorside were led by the chairman of the parish council in the ancient custom of Beating the Bounds around their village.

Cllr Martin Thacker, chairman of Holymoorside and Walton Parish Council, revived the tradition four years ago by visiting each of the boundary’s eight marker stones.

This year he led a party representing a cross-section of people from the local community on the 14-mile route which took eight hours.

The walkers set off from Holymoorside Village Hall and visited each of the bouindary’s eight marker stones on a route which included Walton Wood, Walton Lees, Harewood Moor, Loads Head, Westwick and Brookside.

The youngest walker was nine-year-old Sam Truscott. Tradition has it that the head of the youngest member would be used to ‘beat the boundary stone’. However, there was a departure from tradition and Sam was invited to ‘beat’ each stone with a stick instead. visiting each of the boundary’s eight marker stones.

Cllr Thacker said: “I am so pleased that this tradition has become established in the Parish once more. The boundary walk has captured the imagination of the local community.”

Pictured are some of the walking group at the first boundary stone at St John’s Church, Walton, with Cllr Martin Thacker (right of the stone).