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It’s Time To Resurrect The Coffin!

8 July 2015

The parade for the resurrection of the coffin in Bamber Bridge for the recent promotion of PNE is on, this Sunday, 12th July from noon until 2pm.

The parade will start as previously, on Church Road near the Hob Inn, heading along Station Road with the coffin being briefly raised at the Trades Hall Cellar as per the village’s tradition.

The route will then take it past the 'Old Bods now Withy Arms' towards the Pear Tree, up along School Lane turning into the industrial park and back to the Withy Arms for a quick speech by the faux bishop and the Mayor of South Ribble.

A coffin will be on display for photo opportunities with a refreshment in the Withy Arms, Bamber Bridge before resting until either Preston North End or Blackburn Rovers move out of their current Championship status.

This will be a great family day out however macabre, but the community spirit will come together once more for a spectacle of floats, teams and associations taking part in the parade.

Float applications will be at a fee and sponsors are required to keep this community tradition alive. Please visit http://brigcoffin.com for further details if you would to participate or get involved.

The money raised will assist with health, safety and administration fees ensuring the event is marshalled correctly and with road assistance providing as little disruption to residents as possible.

The Bamber Bridge Burial/Resurection Committee are a not for profit organisation and any additional funds raised will be donated to St Cartherine’s Hospice, Tender Nursing Care (Homecare.co.uk) and Derian House.

The parade started in 1948 after a greengrocer in Bamber Bridge packed a coffin full of vegetables and buried it following Preston’s relegation to the old Division Two.

Every time either North End or Blackburn Rovers go up or down a division, the famous procession makes its way through Bamber Bridge, the last procession taking place in 2011.

This will be the seventh time the coffin has been raised for the Lilywhites, the other occasions being in 1951, 1971, 1978, 1987, 1996 and 2000.



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