Nelson prepares for biggest and best Lancashire Day

Lancashire chap Sid Calderbank appeared at Lancashire Day in Nelson town centre.
Lancashire chap Sid Calderbank appeared at Lancashire Day in Nelson town centre.
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A week today Nelson will again host the biggest of Lancashire Days.

It will run all day and build up to the “switch on” of the town’s Christmas lights are switched on at an event.

It is officially organised by Nelson Town Council this year but event leader Coun. Eileen Ansar said: “Pendle Council officers are kindly offering to help.

“Scotland Road Traders are 100% on the back of us, too, and the Nelson Town Team are supporting it as well.”

Lancashire Day takes place in the heart of the town centre around The Shuttle on Saturday, November 30th, from 10am and continues until it moves to the Christmas Lights Turn-on Event which runs from 5pm to 7pm.

Coun. Ansar said: “We’ve got a big Christmas Card Competition and it is in Pendle Rise Shopping Centre’s market hall. People can hand their card in the market hall, no later than November 29th.

“There is also a Christmas Princess Competition and that will take place in Pendle Rise at 3-30pm on Lancashire Day.”

It is five to 11-years-olds who can enter, and they can apply by filling in the form above and either dropping it off at or posting it to: Nelson Town Council Office, 20 Scotland Road, Nelson BB9 7UU

The winner of the contest will then be the one turning on the Christmas lights.

And Coun. Ashar added: “There is a treasure hunt trail organised by the Scotland Road Traders, and there are free give-aways.”

Entertainment will include clog dancer Lancashire Chap Sid Calderbank, speeches from Lancashire Dialect, plus poetry. 2BR and Royal Blackburn Hospital’s radio station. There will, of course, be lots of stalls around The Shuttle.

And Nelson Town Crier Tony Beckett will be speaking loudly all day.

Coun. Ansar said: “It’s the biggest ever this year – Lancashire Day is nationwide. Traditional dress can be seen. I think it will be a great do – a lot of effort has gone into it this year.”