Barnoldswick’s stellar St George’s Day celebration

Barnoldswick’s big St George’s Day event has been hailed the best yet by organisers as an estimated 2,000 people visited the town on Saturday.

Patriotism was on show in abundance and Barnoldswick Town Square was resplendent in red and white with folk having the cross of St George painted on their faces and buildings decked out with the flag of England.

Barnoldswick St Georges Day event in the Town Square and food festival at The Rainhall Centre organised by Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group.'Pictured at the St Georges Day event in the Town Square is St George ready to slay the Dragon in the Town Square.'18th April 2015

Barnoldswick St Georges Day event in the Town Square and food festival at The Rainhall Centre organised by Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group.'Pictured at the St Georges Day event in the Town Square is St George ready to slay the Dragon in the Town Square.'18th April 2015

Basking in a full day of glorious sunshine, the square was a hive of activity with an action-packed agenda of events which including traditional shows, dance displays, market and charity stalls, fairground rides, demonstrations by the emergency services, reptiles and creepy crawlies, a birds of prey exhibition and music sessions.

The Red Wyverns set up camp on Barnoldswick town green on Friday through to Sunday and provided entertainment with battle reenactments while West Craven High School pupils had been busily making a wicker dragon for a town parade.

Teaming up with Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group and Barnoldswick Town Council again was the Rainhall Centre which hosted a food festival achieving record footfall.

There, a ceremonial cutting of the cheese and onion pie that won the inaugural World Meat Pie Championship in Barnoldswick in February took place while outside ESSE fired up stoves to sell pizzas.

Alongside stalls offering artisan produce, a variety of cooking demonstrations took place from the likes of Yesmien from Amaali of Skipton, Gail Pizer from Utopia at Broughton Hall, Techla Wood from Ayni and Thai Food and Spices with dishes ranging from summery to spicy and savoury to sweet.

The Rainhall Centre also hosted a charity cake off and a stunning dragon design creation was declared the winner.

This also raised funds for the Tuesday Seniors Club, a group set up last year for carers needing respite after Age Concern pulled out of the West Craven area.

Richard Milner, Co-Chairman of the Town Centre Action Group, said: “I think it’s probably the best one we’ve ever done. The weather plays a massive part in the success of events like this and thankfully it was fantastic.

“The town square was very busy and I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from everybody. I would say we had in excess of 2,000 people. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the town as busy.

“The town parade was good and included other parts of the town so the focus wasn’t just on the town square.

“The other thing which was nice was that we had two coaches drop people off who had seen the advertising, one of which was on its way to Malham and had a spare hour.

“The birds of prey, reptiles and creepy crawlies were well received and it was a really good day.”

Rainhall Centre Manager, Ann Whitaker, added: “We had a very good day. This year was better than last year.”