A Christmas cracker in Colne

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. The horse drawn carriage takes families around the town in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.
Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. The horse drawn carriage takes families around the town in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Glorious weather on Saturday tempted shoppers and families to Colne for Christmas in Colne and the Festive Food Festival.

The event proved a big hit with children, owing to face painter, Sophie at Beautiful You, who laboured all day in the Market Hall, the fun fair rides and donkey rides in Hartley Square and the Christmas Crafts in Colne Library.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Veronica Hawryleczko with a Christmas wreath from the CBS Garden Centre stall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Veronica Hawryleczko with a Christmas wreath from the CBS Garden Centre stall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

A traditional horse drawn landau also gave rides around the town in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

There was music entertainment aplenty too, with Tristesse James Acoustic singing in the Market Arcade, Lord Street Primary School, Darwen Brass, Pendle Jazz Men and Burnley Brass Band all performing under the Market Canopy. In addition, OakenHoof Clog Dancers drew crowds in front of Colne Library.

Food and craft stalls drew shoppers and filled the Parliament Street Car Park with delicious aromas.

Coun. Ash Sutcliffe, Chairman of Colne Town Council’s Events Committee said: “It was busy during the day, but the night time broke all records – we had the biggest ever torch lit parade and completely filled the church, whilst the crowd in Hartley Square filled it and stretched back down Market Street.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Christmas trees on MJ Cornall plants stall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Christmas trees on MJ Cornall plants stall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

“I’d like to thank our events team, especially our co-ordinator, Naomi Crewe, and all who took part, including musicians and dancers, plus all those who attended and made it such a fun day.”

In the Festive Shop Window Competition, first prize was awarded to A White Room by judge Kath Heywood, while second and third prizes went to Aura Hair and Beauty and No. 62 respectively.

After the spectacular torch lit parade, led by Father Christmas in his sleigh, Colne’s Christmas Lights were switched on and the festivities culminated with a varied dance programme from Helen Green’s Dancers, followed by a selection of favourite carols performed by Pendle Youth Orchestra and Trawden Ladies Choir which was all topped off by a fabulous firework finale.

Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price, Chairman of Colne Town Council, said: “The town council has invested a considerable sum in upgrading and extending Colne’s Christmas Lights for 2017 and we have ambitious plans for an even bigger event next year to match them.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Enjoying a ride on the horse draw carriage with the snowman are l-r Courtney, Katie and Sam Wearden. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Enjoying a ride on the horse draw carriage with the snowman are l-r Courtney, Katie and Sam Wearden. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

“Thank you to all those who have sent us compliments via Facebook and email – this was greatly appreciated by the team.”

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Louise McDonald with some of her decorations. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Louise McDonald with some of her decorations. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Keeping warm with her knitted hat is Layla Butler aged 5. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Keeping warm with her knitted hat is Layla Butler aged 5. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Lord Street Primary School choir entertained the crowd, l-r Kira Kitcher, head of music Sam Cross and Sahrish Shahbaz. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Lord Street Primary School choir entertained the crowd, l-r Kira Kitcher, head of music Sam Cross and Sahrish Shahbaz. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Music provided by Darwen Brass. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Music provided by Darwen Brass. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Music provided by Darwen Brass. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Music provided by Darwen Brass. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Jack Variyam from Illusions, Burnley with his splendid selection of Christmas jumpers. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Jack Variyam from Illusions, Burnley with his splendid selection of Christmas jumpers. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Snapping some festive shots is local photographer Colin Bean. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.

Colne Christmas festivities got under way at the weekend with a Christmas market culminating in a torchlight parade and the lights being switched on. Snapping some festive shots is local photographer Colin Bean. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday November 26, 2016.