Colne celebrates Victorian Christmas

The Town Cryer leads the torchlight procession during the Colne christmas lights switch on. Photo Ben Parsons

The Town Cryer leads the torchlight procession during the Colne christmas lights switch on. Photo Ben Parsons

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Colne’s first Victorian Christmas Carol event has been hailed a success, with hundreds venturing into the town, despite heavy rain.

The day began with a Christmas Market, with many stallholders outside and in the market hall dressed in Victorian attire. Free donkey rides were on offer for children, Father Christmas was in his grotto, and there were Victorian fairground rides.

People gather for the torchlight procession during the Colne christmas lights switch on.'Photo Ben Parsons

People gather for the torchlight procession during the Colne christmas lights switch on.'Photo Ben Parsons

Darwen Brass Band, Pendle Jazz and the Telltale Theatre also performed outside the market hall. Many shopkeepers decorated their shops and offered mulled wine and mince pies.

At 5 p.m., hundreds gathered outside the Crown Hotel and took up their torches, which were provided by Colne Town Council.

The procession then made its way through the town, led by local Olympic bronze medallist, cyclist Steven Burke, and the Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Nadeem Ahmed. The Town Crier, Coun. Tony Beckett, was on hand to ensure orders were followed! As the procession made its way, each Christmas light was switched on in turn.

Once at St Bartholomew’s Church, the procession packed out the church for a short service, before making their way to the Market Hall, where an open air carol concert led by Pendle Youth Choir and Stacksteads Brass Band was held.

To end, a firework-to-music display was held from the roof, with hundreds gathered in the road for the spectacle.

Dorothy Lord, chairman of Colne Town Council’s Events Committee, said “It was great to see so many people. We’d like to thank all the local groups, volunteers, Pendle Council staff, stallholders and shops who really did enter into the spirit of the day.

“A huge thanks goes to Steven Burke, who we hope this time next year will have a second Olympic medal!”