COME into Nelson tomorrow (Saturday) – it will a great day there. There is the Lancashire Day followed by the switch-on of the Christmas lights.
And that includes the lantern project –you can sort yours out by turning to pages 51 and 52 in this newspaper and find it.
There is a taste of the county courtesy thanks to the Lancashire Food Market, part of the town’s Lancashire Day celebrations.
The food market has always been a popular feature of the event, now in its seventh year.
And tomorrow a whole host of local food producers will be setting up their stalls around the amphitheatre in the heart of the town.
It includes: the town’s Slater’s ice cream; Roaming Roosters, producers of sustainable and free range meat in Higham; and On Yer Trike with its famous black pudding. Every year they sell out so get there early!
Also taking up stalls are the Lancashire Biscuit Company, and San-witches of Sabden who will be selling its Malkin Pie, a tribute to the Pendle Witches. Plus there will be a selection of cakes and sweets to tempt any Lancastrian.
The library will be offering afternoon tea during its family history drop-in event – so between 1 and 3-30pm you can enjoy tea and cake while you research your Lancashire roots.
Coun. Paul White, who represents town centre regeneration and economic development for Pendle Council, said: “Our celebrations certainly will offer a taste of Lancashire. My mouth’s watering at the thought of it! As well as all the tasty food on offer, our Lancashire Day event has entertainment for all the family.
“From music and dance to children’s rides and a free ice rink, there’s something for everyone. We believe our Lancashire Day celebration is the biggest and best in the county – and mighty proud of it we are too!”
The Lancashire Day celebrations begin at 11am tomorrow around The Shuttle in the town centre. During the event, the four finalists of the Roaming Roosters’ “Can you hack it?” search for butchery apprentices will battle for a full-time position. Each candidate has been working to prepare Lancashire-inspired meats for the day, and owners Simon and Nick Mellin will be looking to local folk to help them decide their winners.
Simon said: “We are really looking forward to joining the town centre celebrations and we hope that people will come to our stall to taste the food each apprentice has prepared and rate them on their skills.”
At 5pm Lancashire Day gives way to the Christmas Lights switch-on. The Mayor of Pendle, Coun. Asjad Mahmood, will flick the switch to light up the town.
Scores of local people are also expected to help illuminate the streets around the town centre with special lanterns.
Artist David Boultbee, running a project called Flashlight, has provided flyers to make lanterns that will really light up the town.
Part of the Portas Pilot project for Nelson, David’s flyers are also being distributed to around 15,000 households around Nelson town centre.
The Mayor said: “I’m really looking forward to having the honour of switching on Nelson’s Christmas Lights. The lights switch-on is one of the town’s biggest events each year.
“It brings the community together to celebrate the countdown to Christmas with their family and friends. It’s important that we maximise on the impact of these two town centre events as part of the continuing partnership approach to regenerate Nelson town centre. Overall, these plans are good for the community and for Nelson’s economy.”
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