Winsford Good Friday balls!


“Who remembers receiving a Good Friday ball at Eastertime in years gone by?”

An old Winsford tradition is being continued this Good Friday, with mayor of Winsford Cllr Mike Kennedy handing out ‘Good Friday balls’ to people at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre.

The tradition originated in the early years of the last century, when workers used to take home balls used in salt production, paint them and give them to their children on Good Friday.

Although older Winsfordians will possibly remember this, the tradition almost died out in recent years.

During work on the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan, however, local people said that the town should do more to celebrate its rich salt heritage.

With this in mind, Winsford Town Council revived the Good Friday ball tradition in 2013, and on Friday 30th March 2018 (Good Friday) it will continue.

Town mayor Cllr Mike Kennedy will be at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre from 11am until 1pm handing out Good Friday balls to youngsters.

Cllr Kennedy said: “I’m proud to live in Winsford and it is great that we revived this lovely tradition. I hope that Good Friday balls continue for many years to come.”