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20,000!

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Here is a bit more on that 1934 carnival. A local newspaper of the time reported that in early July of that year the Durham County Bench refused an application for the extension of licensed hours for the Ushaw Moor Carnival, which was due to take place on July 21st.  The application was made on behalf of Ushaw Moor Working Men’s Club, Albion House WMC, Station Hotel and the Flass Inn.

They had hoped to open at 11am and close at 10pm. The report highlights that about 20,000 people were in the village for the previous year’s carnival and that fifty pounds was distributed to old people of Ushaw Moor from carnival proceeds.

That’s a bigger gate than several current Championship football teams! Perhaps it is also an indication of  stronger community ties.

Meanwhile New Brancepeth Cricket Club scored  110 runs against Ushaw Moor Cricket Club [Martin 34 not out]; the dismal response from the Moor was a disappointing 58 runs.

WB

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