Bradford Woolcombing Festival Turns Out Tops!

7 Feb
Organisers of a festival trying to revive a celebration of Bishop Blaise, patron saint of wool combing, have declared their weekend to be ‘tops’.
In the days when Bradford was the most famous wool town in the world the combing of wool gave Bradford mills long ‘tops’ for wostead and short ‘nails’ for woollens. Two hundred years ago woolcombers organised massive processions to celebrate Saint Blaise, the patron of their trade, on the 3rd February. The last one was in 1825 though, and he has been, pretty much, forgotten since then.
This weekend saw the latest ‘Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival’. which seems to be steadily bringing Blaise back to mind.
Chief organiser Glyn Watkins, a Little Horton based poet, reckons the three day festival has gone wonderfully well; especially considering the fact the festival lost a major sponsor with just a few months to go. He told us:
“We had to stretch our thread really tightly this year, but I think we managed to weave a really good festival out of it.
The launch event for this year’s St Blaise Ale at Salamander Brewery was so popular it was standing room only.
The historic walk on Saturday reached a whole new audience, despite it bing the coldest and wettest Saint Blaise day I can remember. Bradford Cathedral was a great place to start, and the welcome we got from the Sparrow and Lord Clyde really warmed us all up.
My Blaise Lite Stand Up History of Bradford on the Sunday at the Record had one of the best audiences I have ever had. People came from Harrogate and even a bloke from Zagreb! And I have to admit he did not come from Zagreb just for my show, he did say he’d loved it.”
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Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival 2018 full line-up!

22 Jan

Blaise 18 poster4mSalamander Brewery Armenian Ale Launch.

Friday 2nd Feb. From 18.00.

Salamander Brewery,  22 Harry St, BD4 9OH.

FREE STORIES, PICTURES, MUSIC. REAL ALE £2.50 A PINT!

Featuring Mila Lee on guitar and vocals.


The Bishop Blaise’s 1825 Festival Walk.

Saturday 3rd Feb.

A gentle guided historical amble in Bradford, with refreshment stops 

Walk starts Bradford Cathedral 11.00. 

Guided tour of the Cathedral 10.15.


Blaise Lite Show @ Record Cafe

Sun 4th Feb. 19.00. Glyn Watkins’ Bradford stand-up history.


Until 1825 Bradford woolcombers organised massive Bishop Blaise celebrations on 3rd Feb. Glyn Watkins has been trying to revive it for years. Blaise was an Armenian Martyr ‘harmed’ with woolcombs.

Woolcomber’s Saint Festival Was Tops!

18 Feb
Organisers of a festival trying to revive a celebration of Bishop Blaise, patron saint of wool combing, have declared their weekend to be ‘tops’.
In the days when Bradford was the most famous wool town in the world the combing of wool gave Bradford mills long ‘tops’ for wostead and short ‘nails’ for woollens. Two hundred years ago woolcombers organised massive processions to celebrate Saint Blaise, the patron of their trade, on the 3rd February. The last one was in 1825 though, and he has been, pretty much, forgotten since then.
This weekend saw the latest ‘Bring Back St. Blaise’s Festival’. which seems to be steadily bringing Blaise back to mind.
Chief organiser Glyn Watkins, a Little Horton based poet, reckons the three day festival has gone wonderfully well; especially considering the fact the festival lost a major sponsor with just a few months to go. He told us:
“We had to stretch our thread really tightly this year, but I think we managed to weave a really good festival out of it.
The launch event for this year’s St Blaise Ale at Salamander Brewery was so popular it was standing room only.
The historic walk on Saturday reached a whole new audience, despite it bing the coldest and wettest Saint Blaise day I can remember. Bradford Cathedral was a great place to start, and the welcome we got from the Sparrow and Lord Clyde really warmed us all up.
My Blaise Lite Stand Up History of Bradford on the Sunday at the Record had one of the best audiences I have ever had. People came from Harrogate and even a bloke from Zagreb! And I have to admit he did not come from Zagreb just for my show, he did say he’d loved it.”
GlynBlaiseCathedralAbove: Glyn Watkins as Bishop Blaise, at Bradford Cathedral, with a real woolcomb and his home made one (you can guess which is which). Photo by Tony West

Don Walker’s Black Death Show. Best free show I seen for ages. Museum of London Archaeology @ Bradford Uni.

6 Feb

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Saint of Woolcombers Festival is Tops. Spot the real woolcomb! (photo Tony West)

5 Feb

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Blaise Day. Bradford Cathedral. Spot the real woolcomb.

3 Feb

The immensely talented Mila Lee plays Blaise Festival launch.

2 Feb

Combing rich tales with Blaise. Salamander Brewery.

2 Feb