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Manchester Band of Hope Procession (1901)

A temperance society decries the demon drink on the streets of Edwardian Manchester.

Non-Fiction 1901 7 mins Silent


Christian charity the Band of Hope was formed in Leeds in 1845 and encouraged people to sign 'the pledge' to abstain from alcohol. It was particularly concerned about the number of children frequenting alehouses, which is no doubt why there are so many taking part in this procession. Its slow progress gives us a nice opportunity to admire everyone in their Sunday best.