Remembering a loved one at Christmas

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Wet weather failed to dampen the spirit of folk releasing balloons for loved ones in Barnoldswick.

The Bosom Friends cancer charity group was holding its annual “thank you for your support” event and 150 people gathered in Barnoldswick Town Square to release 300 balloons into grey skies.

Balloons are released into the sky at the annual Bosom Friends Balloon Day. (S)

Balloons are released into the sky at the annual Bosom Friends Balloon Day. (S)

Coates Lane Primary School choir sang in the square, including 10-year-old cancer survivor Amelia Norcross, and the Burnley Silver Band performed in the Frank Street centre to keep people entertained prior to the release.

Bosom Friends Trustee Catherine Oldfield said: “The atmosphere was lovely inside the pensioner’s centre. Both the choir and the band were superb. It was wonderful.

“This is not a fund-raising event for us, it is a way of saying thank you to the public and businesses for all their tremendous support over the year.

“It was quite an emotional occasion and just a nice, sentimental way to remember loved ones who are sadly no longer with us at Christmas.”

To find out more about the Bosom Friends and the work the charity does, visit www.bebosomfriends.org.uk