A weekend of history and rededication in Barnoldswick

Cheryl Zahorodnyj and David Harries with his 1930's Freddie Grubb racing bike that will be on display in her shop Sashslide over the weekend.

Cheryl Zahorodnyj and David Harries with his 1930's Freddie Grubb racing bike that will be on display in her shop Sashslide over the weekend.

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Barnoldswick is ready to turn the clock back with its annual heritage weekend, which takes place this Saturday and Sunday.

There will be a whole host of activities and displays for all ages to enjoy, centred around Barnoldswick Town Square between 10am and 4pm both days.

Like last year, a flypast of historical aircraft has been arranged for both days, although details of which planes is still not certain and times are approximate.

With the latest information available, folk can be on the lookout at approximately 12-20pm on Saturday for two or three aircraft, likely to all be fighters and a combination of Spitfire sand Hurricanes, flying over from south to north.

On Sunday, at approximately 3pm, the same aircraft are scheduled to return south from the north, and it is hoped that the flypast will coincide with the re-dedication of the beautifully restored Memorial Gardens in Kelbrook Road.

The Hope Barlick service will start at 3pm at the gardens, which have been restored to their former glory over an 18 month period to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

On the Saturday afternoon and evening, between 1-30 and 3-30pm and from 7-30pm until late, the Echo 42 Swing Band, as seen on “A Royal Night Out”, will perform at Barnoldswick Civic Hall.

Tickets for the afternoon performance are £5, it costs £10 for the evening performance and £12 for both. They are available from the town council office at the civic hall, by calling 788090 or emailing barnoldswicktowncouncil@gmail.com

On Saturday and Sunday in the Town Square there will be a living history stand with Alison Sauer, Bryan Fieldhouse and David Whipp providing an audio visual look at living history, and Keith Whipp has put together an archive on Rolls-Royce including the Nene engine.

With the Tour of Britain passing through Barnoldswick on Monday, there is a cycling twist with a bike related stand and vintage bicycles on display in town centre shop windows, courtesy of David Harries, and Glory Glory Vintage are behind a 1940s kitchen.

On top of that, Barnoldswick Town Council has recreated a replica ration card for children to use in a trail around the town’s shops.

Shops will stamp up the card and then at the end the children will get some sweets that were available at the time.

There will also be a range of ration information and stalls from the Royal British Legion.