Witches off to Manchester

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THE Pendle Witches will be paying a flying visit to Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“The event is designed to spotlight the fascinating true story of the world famous witches of 1612,” said Pendle’s Tourism Officer Mike Williams. “That’s because this year marks the 400th anniversary of the trial and we have a huge festival planned in Pendle.”

Pendle Council has linked up with The Witch Way bus company, Transdev Burnley and Pendle, to show how easy it is for Mancunians to visit Pendle for a range of exciting events from now until Hallowe’en.

The Witch Way double deckers with their distinctive witches on a broomsticks and aircraft style leather seats fly between the city and Pendle every 20 minutes with an express service. One bus from the fleet will take centre stage in Piccadilly Gardens, near the Wellington statue. Weird and wonderful actors from the Pendle Witches attraction at Blackpool Dungeon will be performing to bring the story to life.

There’ll be live music and children can take part in some fun art activities, making bats and witches hats and having their faces painted.

The event is designed to promote the Pendle Witches Festival which includes: l A Guinness world record attempt at the largest gathering of people dressed as witches – part of a charity walk up Pendle Hill on Saturday, August 18th. l The launch of a woodland sculpture trail inspired by the Pendle Witches featuring the work of four acclaimed artists.

l A new drama called “Devilish Practices” on the intolerance shown the Pendle Witches which opens at Colne Muni on May 23rd.

Mike Williams said: “The year of 1612 was a turbulent time of harsh justice and persecution and 400 years on we still have a lot to learn from that period in our history.

“We’ve a full programme including walks, talks, art events and exhibitions all inspired by the Pendle Witches available on www.visitpendle.com”

The Pendle Witches Festival Programme is also available from the Discover Pendle Centre on 856186.