Entertainment in the early 19th Century for our Bacupian ancestors consisted of such activities as  cockfighting, dogfighting and badger baiting. A favourite location for these activities was Crown  Point. The annual fair which up until the late 1860s was held in the Union Street areas quite often  featured the sad spectacle of bear-baiting.  Gambling was very popular, and with an abundance of  pubs court appearances for gambling and being drunk and  disorderly were common,  in 1865 a Bacup man was  brought before the court for biting off the head of a live rat  for a bet.  Bacup held many celebration parades these were known  as demonstrations, in the early years of Bacup's history  they were used as a way of raising funds for the various  charities such as Hospital Sunday. If there was one thing  our Bacup and Stacksteads ancestors knew how to do it  was Celebrate. Whether it be a Royal Coronation,  Royal  Visit, Carnival, Church Parade or Fund Raising event out  would come the bunting and the crowds. Like many industrial towns in the North Bacup and Stacksteads had its own brass bands, Bacup  Old Band which became Irwell Springs and Change Band were two of the most popular, during  the 1860’s Stacksteads band being described in 1873 as a “ young band”. The Bands played at  concerts, garden parties and Sunday schools processions.  Taking part in the various band  contest such as Belle Vue which began in 1853  and Crystal Palace which began in 1860.  Whilst several theatres appear in the local newspapers during the early 1860’s the only one which  seems to be of a permanent structure was Pickles Theater others such as the Royal Standard  and Lyceum seem to be mobile theatres.In 1867 a young man brought to Bacup to entertain the  populace with his euphonium was threatened with death and all other sorts of unimaginable  things. It was common for concerts to be disrupted by marauding children and adults and theatres  in general had a very unsavoury reputation until the opening of the Royal Court Theater.   The first organised sporting activities in Bacup were gymnastics and athletics, followed by cricket,  football and swimming. With an abundance of well-built men who worked in the quarries,and  mines bare-knuckle fighting was also a common and popular past-time.  Broadclough described in  1865 as a scene of disorder and riot, with men coming reeling out of the local inn still dressed in  their filthy work clothes and clogs, swearing, cursing and fighting looking like the filthiest rascals  Lancashire could ever produce.
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