Christmas in Colne set to be bigger and better than ever

Christmas in Colne (S)
Christmas in Colne (S)

With 100 food and craft stalls, a chance to meet Santa, and an extravagant firework display, Christmas in Colne this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Colne Town Council has joined forces with Colne Food Festival to host a festive family day from 10am to 7pm tomorrow.

From singing, to a torchlight procession, to activities for the children, there will be something to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

Events committee chairman Coun. Dorothy Lord said: “The fun will last all day and into the evening, culminating with a torchlight procession headed by Santa in his sleigh.

“We are inviting youngsters to give Santa their Christmas letters and there will be opportunities to take photos with the great man too.

“The Christmassy atmosphere will be added to by Pendle Children’s Choir and Pendle Youth Choir leading carols in both St Bartholomew’s and in the Market Hall before a massive firework display to music in the precinct.”

Live Like The Boy’s Ashley Sutcliffe, who runs Colne Food Festival with Let’s Get Crafty’s Charles Bolton, added: “We’ve now attracted 100 stalls for the food festival, all of which will be open until 7pm, and we have some stand out food offerings. Procter’s Cheese from Chipping will be selling and offering tasting of their KICK-ASS cheese which is sold in the shape of bombs. The Apothecary will be joining us with their Victorian travelling bar serving mulled wine, cider, festive cocktails and a few surprises ... and La Dolce Vita is hosting a pasta making workshop.

“The fantastic Pizza Peddlers will be joining us too. There are so many more highlights, too many to mention. Colne is poised to become Food Central. I just can’t wait.”

And Gill Watson, who will be demonstrating and cooking on the day, said: “I will be cooking outside Colne Market, cooking up curry, rice, flatbreads and pakoras and giving you a shopping bag with a delicious take away to heat at home.”

There will be a free shuttle bus running between Colne Food Festival and Nelson and Colne College, as they showcase their facilities, as well as having some festive fun of their own with stalls and entertainment.

The Events Committee asks people to clear the area promptly once the fireworks are finished.

In order to make the area safe for pedestrians watching the fireworks, Market Street will be closed from Windy Bank to Skipton Road between 6-45pm to 7-15pm. Dockray Street will be kept open to allow cars already in Market Street to leave. The taxi rank will be suspended during this time too.

Schedule of events:

All day until 7pm: Colne Food Festival, including a grand marquee behind The Wallace Hartley and street stalls all over town. The marquee will have live music throughout the day.

All day: Carousels and rides for the children on the precinct

All day: Donkey rides in Colne Town Centre

11-30am – 1pm: Darwen Brass Band

11am – 1pm: Face painting in Ice Dreamz

11am - 1pm: Barnoldswick’s town crier

Noon - 7pm onwards: Red Rose Chorus barbershop choir

Noon - 4pm: Lancashire Wallopers clog dancers

2pm – 4pm: Face painting in Shackleton Hall atrium

2pm onwards: Teas and coffees in St Bartholomew’s Church

3-30pm – 5-30pm: Pendle Jazzmen

5-30pm: Evening festivities begin, with those wanting to take part in the torchlight processon meeting at The Crown Hotel. The parade will tie in with the switching on of Colne’s Christmas lights

5-45pm: Procession to reach St Bartholomew’s Church, and participants to be welcomed inside for a short service and carols led by Pendle Children’s Choir and Pendle’s Youth Choir. Torches can be left outside the church, and the torchlight procession will reconvene and continue to the market for more carols

6-45pm: Countdown to firework display in the precinct begins with festive music favourites

7pm: Firework display