Methodist Sunday School banner

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Methodist Sunday School banner

Sunday School banners such as this were displayed at annual Whitsuntide processions. All the Methodist churches in Selby combined in 1932 and this banner was first used in 1933, when around 1000 children marced behind it along Gowthorpe, the main street in Selby. Allegedly made of pure silk, it measures approximately 3 metres square, and would require 2 adults and 4 children to carry it in procession. Sadly, numbers diminished and the final parade was in 1956. The Methodist Chapel closed in 1956, and spent many undistinguished years as a tyre depot. However, it has recently been renovated and is now an active focus for community events again as the Town Hall. The banner is worthy to take its place as an object in the "History of the World" project as it is a mute yet eloquent reminder of times past when, for better or worse, the role of the Christian church in a child's education in England was considered more imporatant than it is now, and the Whit procession was a high point of artistic and community endeavour

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