It’s picnic time with a royal twist as Colne celebrates the Queen’s 90th birthday in style on Sunday.
Colne’s Picnic in the Park at Alkincoats Park will take place between 2-5pm and Earby’s Brass Band will peform, there is a dog show as well as children’s entertainment.
Chairman of the Events Committee, Councillor Ash Sutcliffe, said: “Vets4Pets are kindly staging a dog show at our event in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday. We all know how important her canine friends are to Her Majesty.
“We will we be entertained by Earby Brass Band and for children we have hired entertainers, Phil and Pete, to organise novelty races alongside our traditional Punch and Judy man.”
Dog owners are being asked to bring along their pooches, on a lead, for the dog show classes which includes categories for Terrific Pet Tricks; Best Mirror Image – for the handler who looks most like their canine companion; Most Adorable; Best Junior Handler plus a fun agility course for all.
The novelty dog show and the children’s races can be entered on the day for free with prizewinners of the dog show winning a rosette and certificate while winners of the children’s races will be awarded a special Queen’s 90th birthday medal.
Closely following this is the town-wide “Colne Commemorates 1916” event on July 2nd, where there will be a parade, trench and medical recreations, drama, crafts, music and talks throughout the day. It culminates with a showing of the Battle of the Somme film in the Muni in the evening.
Later in July, Colne centre will host the Summer World Music and Food Festival on July 16th.
Market Street is closed all day to allow more space for festival-goers to enjoy themselves.
Finally, on Tuesday, July 26th, Colne Town Council is staging The Colne Grand Prix Cycle races sponsored by cottages.com and Fort Vale.
The council has produced a calendar of all the main events on in Colne throughout the year which is being distributed at all the events. It can also be picked up from Colne Town Hall.
The events are also listed on the Colne Town Council Facebook page and on the council’s website at www. colnetowncouncil.org.uk.