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Raising The Coffin - Sunday 22 July 2018

4 weeks ago By Ruth Hornby

Brig to take part in the historic resurrection parade through Bamber Bridge.

Bamber Bridge FC will once again be taking part in the traditional "Raising of The Coffin" parade to mark Blackburn Rover's promotion back to the Football League Championship.

The Bamber Bridge "Coffin Ceremony" dates back to 1948, when a local greengrocer packed a coffin full of vegetables and buried it following Blackburn’s relegation to the old Division Two (now the Championship). Ever since whenever Blackburn Rovers or Preston North End have been promoted or relegated a coffin ceremony has been held in the village. A funeral to mark a relegation and resurrection to mark a promotion.

The ceremony involves the parade of a coffin for the team being promoted or relegated, followed by members of the "clergy" and a carnival style parade of floats and representatives from local clubs and businesses. All raising money for local charities.

The ceremony is part of football fokelore and has been featured in the press, including Sky Sports and When Saturday Comes magazine.

A team of made up of Bamber Bridge FC Committee members and supporters have come together to organise a float for this year's resurrection.

This year's procession starts at the Hob Inn (Station Road) at 12 noon on Sunday (22 July). The Rover's coffin will be paraded down Station Road, to the Trades Hall where the resurrection ceremony will take place. The procession will then continue to School Lane where it will turn round and head back down Station Road.

The 'Brig' float will be celebrating the club's own resurrection following our promotion to the Evo-Stik premier league. First team players and coaching staff will be joining supporters and club members on the float, along with local band (and Brig supporters) PR5.

We would also like to thank Centurion Blast Cleaning for supplying the float.

The weather should be good so come down and witness a bit of football fokelore in action.

Picture: The Brig float in the 2015 resurrection parade for Preston North End.

Updated 18:46 - 23 Jul 2018 by Ruth Hornby

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