Patriotism, pride and produce in Barnoldswick

Richard Milner, Keith Mitchell, Coun. David Whipp with the dragon in Barnoldswick Town Square.
Richard Milner, Keith Mitchell, Coun. David Whipp with the dragon in Barnoldswick Town Square.
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Patriotism, pride and produce will be on show in Barnoldswick tomorrow as the town combines a St George’s Day celebration with a food festival.

An action packed agenda is in place for families to enjoy a fun-filled day out in Barnoldswick Town Square where the St George’s activities will take place and at the adjacent Rainhall Centre which is hosting the event for the epicurious.

The town centre has been decked out with St George’s crosses and West Craven High School pupils are preparing a colourful wicker dragon for the town parade.

Activity will start tonight, however, when The Red Wyverns set up camp on the town green where they will stay until Sunday ready for various living history displays and fighting demonstrations across the weekend.

Richard Milner, of the Barnoldswick Town Centre Action Group, said: “The St George’s Day celebration was a huge success last year and we are extremely proud to be able to mark the occasion again.

“There is a long list of activities for all the family, both interactive and visual, and I’m sure it will be a great day.

“I’d like to thank Evans Halshaw Ford in Burnley for a generous donation which has made the event possible again.”

Tomorrow’s events start at 10am when St Joseph’s Primary School choir will be singing, followed by Red Wyvern Knight School at 10-30am, Punch and Judy at 11am, a Zumba session at 11-30am and Imogen Gibson’s School of Dance from noon.

In the afternoon, there is a town parade at 12-20pm, Taikwondo at 1pm, Punch and Judy at 1-30pm and two Giz music academy sessions at 2pm and 4pm, either side of a Red Wyverns reenactment at 3pm.

Alongside the activities will be market stalls, charity stalls, fairground rides, demonstrations by the emergency services, a birds of prey exhibition, reptiles and creepy crawlies, a magician and music and MC from Southern Sounds Entertainment.

With the all these activities sure to be working up an appetite, the Rainhall Centre will meanwhile be holding a food festival in conjunction to the St George’s Day celebrations.

The festival will include the food retailers in the town and a town taster trail, where samples will be available to try and following the trail will entitle you to enter a prize draw.

A variety of cookery demonstrations and activities are planned including a ceremonial cutting of the cheese and onion pie that won the inaugural World Meat Pie Championship in Barnoldswick in February.

Yesmien from Amaali of Skipton, who has cooked alongside Madhur Jaffrey and Jamie Oliver, will be doing chapati making workshops for all the family throughout the day and Gail Pizer from Utopia at Broughton Hall will be getting you in the mood for summer by demonstrating a red rice, roasted vegetable and cranberry salad.

And if you haven’t had your fill by this point, Cafe Julia will be showing you how to make healthy Mediterranean food for less and Thai Food and Spices will be demonstrating a Thai dish.

For those with a sweet tooth, Techla Wood from Ayni will be demonstrating how to make raw chocolate at home and advice will be on hand during the day on keeping bees.

Organisers are also looking to see who can bake the most scrumptious cake in Barlick and so the popular cake-off will return, this year raising funds for the Tuesday Seniors Club.

To enter, people should bring their cake along before 11am for judging.

There will be a number of prizes and vouchers to be won for the cake-off, the trail and quiz, all donated by the generous local traders.

The event will run from 10am until 3-30pm and has been supported by Barnoldswick Town Council.

For more information on the food festival, please contact the Rainhall Centre on 818250.