A festival for all the senses

The Accrington Pipe Band will be performing at Colne's Summer World Food and Music Festival (s)
The Accrington Pipe Band will be performing at Colne's Summer World Food and Music Festival (s)

Preparations for Colne’s Summer World Food and Music Festival tomorrow are coming to the boil and councillors believe it will be entertainment for all the senses.

The festival will include two dozen stalls dedicated to specialist foody offerings in the town centre with cuisine from Africa and Asia to the Mediterranean.

The town centre’s main thoroughfare, Market Street, will also be closed to through traffic all day, meaning people can enjoy the musical vibe that will suffuse the town throughout the afternoon.

Bands booked include Barnoldswick Brass Band, Frollicking Pete and Fumbling Fingers (Ceilidh), Accrington Pipe Band, Piping Hot Brass, Karin Grandal Park and Rosie Clegg (Folk, Jazz and Blues), plus Sarah Cross (Motown).

In addition, street performers will keep the music flowing throughout the town.

Chairman of Colne Town Council, Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price, said: “At long last, the weather forecast is good, so perhaps summer is really beginning.

“As with all our events, the Summer World Food and Music Festival is free for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“We hope people will come to do their shopping, browse the tempting treats on offer at our food stalls and linger to listen to the music.

“The fact we have closed the road will allow the day to be relaxed and fun. Please come early, as we expect the car parks to fill up quickly.”

The idea of this summer combined food and music festival was the brainchild of Coun. Ash Sutcliffe, Chairman of the Town Council’s Events Committee.

He said: “This is our first event of this kind and if people like it, we will stage more of them, so come along and enjoy the day while supporting shopping in your local town.”