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The Morley Rhubarb Festival Committee does a lot of work in the area to bring together local folk and revive memories of the rhubarb trade.
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Councillor Judith Elliott told us how successful the work of the Committee has been. Of course Wakefield is know as being a big part of the famous 'rhubarb triangle' and, whilst that isn't to be undermined, there is a need to acknowledge the importance of Morley within this.

The Committee has already run a number of events in public places, such as Morley market, and its appeal and success have been clear. Many people have got involved by talking about their rhubarb experiences, such as pinching a stick from the farmer's field and sitting down to eat it with a paper bag of sugar.

The work of the Committee has also reached much further than Morley's boundaries with a visit from a group of female rhubarb farmers from Chile in 2009, organised by Councillor Joe Tetley. Following a comparison study by a college professor in Ireland, the Chilean farmers came to Morley to learn about the different techniques and processes that are used in the area.

Today, there is revival in doing things the 'old-fashioned way' with vintage and customised clothing, and growing your food. This is something that the Committee wanted to make the most of by promoting not only delicious rhubarb is but how beneficial it is to either grow it yourself or buy from independent local producers. It seems as though rhubarb has helped the Committee go further than helping residents to grow their own; it has brought the community together. As Councillor Elliott puts it, "If we can get people on board in any way, shape or form and do things and be part of the community, and rhubarb helps with that, well so much the better."

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