After a gap of nearly 200 years, the city’s ‘lost patron saint’ has re-appeared on the streets of Bradford.
Bishop Blaise of Armenia was reportedly put to death with woolcombs around 1,700 years ago. He became the saint of woolcombers, and the woolcombers of Bradford used to organise a procession on his day, February 3. The last one, in 1825, was nearly a mile long.
Last Saturday the New Bradford Playhouse held a Pie And Priestley night organised by Glyn Watkins (pictured, as the saint), and on Sunday the group organised a city centre walk along part of the route of the 1825 procession.
It was led by Mr Watkins dressed as Bishop Blaise, holding a woolcomb made from pencils, cork pads and a painting pad.