a report from the Daily Express of the 26 Feb of 1915 recorded police arrests of drunkenness on the day clearly indicating that ‘Rocking Sunday’ as it was called was still celebrated in public houses, although by then the actual rocking had fallen into abeyance.
Indeed we do not hear about the Rockings until it was revived in 1842 after a lapse of 150 years.
The last baptised baby boy in the parish is taken by its parents to the church at Evensong and during the service, the baby is presented by the priest at the altar and dedicated to the service of God. manly to fight under his banner to fight sin, the world and the devil and to continue as a faithful soldier and servant to his life’s end”“Dating back to the middle ages, the annual rocking ceremony took place at St. Instead white carnations and blue hyacinths were used.”“There was a packed congregation – extra chairs were placed in the aisles-at Blidworth parish church yesterday for the annual Rocking Ceremony, a custom dating back to the Middle Ages.
Mary’s Church Blidworth on Sunday night in the presence of a large congregation. The latest Baptised boy in the parish, four week old Michael Anthony Griffith was blessed before the altar by the vicar, the Rev J. Busby, and then placed in a century old cradle and gently rocked. James Griffith of 53 Preston road Rainworth was well behaved until the closing stages of the service when he burst out crying.
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