Colne’s first Summer World Food and Music Festival has been hailed as a success, with crowds thronging the town centre on Saturday.
Organised by Colne Town Council, tasty cuisine from across the world was on offer from classic British to Mediterranean and African and Asian inspired food.
However, for many, it wasn’t the food that was the chief attraction, it was the music and people of all ages enjoyed the different sounds produced by the acts on the main stage including Barnoldswick Brass Band, Frolicking Pete and Fumbling Fingers (Ceilidh), Accrington Pipe Band, Piping Hot Brass, Karin Grandal Park and Rosie Clegg (Folk, Jazz and Blues), plus Sarah Cross (Motown).
In addition, street performers kept music flowing throughout the town in places such as The Market Canopy and Richmond Court.
Chairman of Colne Town Council, Coun. Sarah Cockburn-Price, said: “The weather was not as good as originally forecast, but it didn’t rain and people came anyway!
“Quite a few of our stallholders were surprised by their level of sales and sold out. Several have already rebooked for our Christmas Food Festival and Festive Event on November 26th.
“The feedback we have received from Colne’s established businesses was also very encouraging, with the increased footfall we delivered clearly appreciated.”
Chairman of the town council’s events committee, Coun. Ash Sutcliffe added: “We’d like to make next year’s event bigger and better.
“I’d like to thank Glen South, who provided the PA System, Little’s Transport, who provided the lorry that acted as our stage and the Gazebo Team.
“The Events Committee met last week and had some really exciting ideas for 2017. If you’d like to get involved, make sure you come along to our next meeting on Monday, August 8th at 7pm in the Town Hall.”
∙ With events such as Colne Commemorates, the Summer Music and Food Festival and the Cycling Grand Prix helping to improve the town’s vitality, Colne Town Council is working with the Town Centre Forum to enter the Great British High Street Competition again.
Last year, Colne was runner-up in the Market Town category and this time, the group is determined to win.
There is a meeting to formulate ideas for this year’s entry at Colne Town Hall at 6pm on Tuesday, August 2nd.
Thanks to Naz Alam for the photos.