Colne celebrates creativity at arts and crafts market

Emma Davies from The Little Bird Bakes shows off her cakes at the Colne Art and Craft Market.'Photo Ben Parsons

Emma Davies from The Little Bird Bakes shows off her cakes at the Colne Art and Craft Market.'Photo Ben Parsons

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Colne celebrated creativity over the weekend by hosting its very first arts and craft market.

Taking place in various locations across the town centre last week, the event was hailed a success by councillors and business owners.

Christine Dewhurst who teaches patchwork at Patchwork Chicks in Barrowford runs a stall at the Colne Art and Craft Market.'Photo Ben Parsons

Christine Dewhurst who teaches patchwork at Patchwork Chicks in Barrowford runs a stall at the Colne Art and Craft Market.'Photo Ben Parsons

It included a variety of stalls, including baking and vintage goods, as well as various activities, such as an egg hunt for children.

Coun. Paul White, the borough’s portfolio holder for town centres, said: “I had a chat with traders, and they said it had been a good day for them. Hopefully we can do similar events in the future.”

Coun. Dorothy Lord said: “It went really really well, and it was very busy, even though it was cold.

“Colne in Bloom had a cake stall and raised £218, so that was good.

“The market was requested by the town centre forum, when they heard about the one in Nelson.”

And Emma Davies, owner of The Little Bird Bakes, added: “It was really busy. I think it is a really good idea, and it gets more people into Colne.”

The market also included a Shumble-Sale in Shackleton Hall, which was organised by local resident and owner of Colne’s Live Like The Boy shop Ashley Sutcliffe. It is now hoped that the arcade’s business owners will be able to collaborate more frequently to host similar events in the future.

Mr Sutcliffe said: “The Shumble-Sale was brilliant — really really good.

“There was a steady stream of people all day, which is exactly what we wanted. We had about 500 people come into Shackleton Hall. The neighbours said it was the busiest they had ever seen it.”

The weekend event also tied in with Colne Town Council activities, including face painting, egg painting, donkey rides and fairground rides. Colne’s Co-operative store, in Market Street, also donated 58 Easter eggs to be handed out to local children.