A HISTORIC religious festival will celebrate its 159th year when it takes to the streets next week.
Author Thomas Cropper, in 1923, wrote that the Buckley Jubilee was the town’s “great day of the summer, and is as fixed as Christmas is in winter”.
And so it will once again prove when church parades takes to the streets next week, the second Tuesday in July.
Hundreds of supporters will gather for the Jubilee which celebrated its first procession in 1857.
But despite its longevity, interest in the parade remains as fervent as ever with people of all ages coming out to celebrate the occasion which sees many people also return to the town.
David Anglesea, who has been organising the Jubilee for more than 45 years said: “It is an event steeped in history.
“This is the Jubilee’s 159th year and there is still a huge buzz throughout the day in Buckley.
“We are all looking forward to another great Buckley Jubilee and myself and the organising committee have been working hard to ensure it will be another memorable occasion.
“It is a time when people come back to Buckley and it is a very family orientated event.”
The colourful parade will start at 3.15pm following a 3pm service led by the Reverend Neil Kelly on Higher Common.
Pentrobin Methodist Church will lead the parade which will also include Drury Lane Methodist, Emmanuel Church, St Matthew’s Church, Our Lady of the Rosemary, St John’s United Reformed Church, Buckley Cross Methodist, Bistre Methodist and Bryn Methodist churches.
A street collection taking place on the day will raise money for Hope House Children’s Hospice.
Cllr Mike Peers said: “If you are born and bread in Buckley the second Tuesday of July is engrained on your mind.
“I remember travelling on lorries behind the parade as a youngster because I was too young to walk.
“All credit must go to the churches and organisers for coming together each year to keep the tradition alive.”
A united religious service will be held ahead of the forthcoming event this Sunday, at Bryn Methodist Church, to be led by the Rev Robin Fox from 10.30pm.
The following Sunday will see the annual Jubilee hymn singing festival take place at St Matthew’s Church from 8pm.