Colne churches celebrate successful memories project

FAIRY FUN: Anne Scarborough gives a rendition of "Nobody Loves an Old Fairy" at the 5 into 1 Celebration Variety Show (S)
FAIRY FUN: Anne Scarborough gives a rendition of "Nobody Loves an Old Fairy" at the 5 into 1 Celebration Variety Show (S)

Audiences were left in stitches of laughter at an entertaining church event in Colne over the weekend.

Held for everyone involved in the “All Our Stories” initiative, the 5 into 1 Celebration Variety Show saw over 160 people in attendance.

Back in February, the Colne Times helped to launch the exciting project to encourage all age groups to explore the history of each of Colne’s five churches and recall characters who have served, worshipped and supported them.

And to show just how successful it has been, the variety event, was held at the revamped Holy Trinity Church, in Burnley Road, on Sunday.

It was attended by Pendle’s Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Coun. Graham Roach and Mrs Joanna Sagar.

It included entertainment from the Teen Team with their Christian rock songs, a rendition of “Nobody Loves an Old Fairy” by Anne Scarborough, and songs from the Parish Pearls.

There were plenty of jokes from the Reverend Jim Crawford and his wife, while various Brownies and Guides joined in with action songs and sketches.

Sean Barnett returned to Colne especially to take part in a sketch he was in over 30 years ago – along with other original cast members from St Bartholomew’s.

He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the atmosphere was terrific and reminiscent of church concerts in the past”.

A presentation was made to all the people who helped put the show together and special thanks was given to Karen Wilkinson for all her hard work.

The 5 into 1 project team were also thanked and applauded for their work in collecting and recording the experiences and memories of people connected to the five churches.

Parish development officer Lynne Mitchell said: “Its great to see so many people coming together to share in a wonderful occasion. Hopefully we will provide memories for the young people taking part today to pass on to their children in years to come.”