Nelson town crier to miss Lancashire Day

Tony Beckett (Nelson Town Crier) at previous Lancashire Day celebrations
Tony Beckett (Nelson Town Crier) at previous Lancashire Day celebrations
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Lancashire Day in Nelson – reputed to be the largest Lancashire Day celebration in the world – will be held on Saturday, between 11am and 6pm. For the first time, the event is being organised solely by Nelson Town Council.

Over recent years, Coun. Tony Beckett has played a key role at the event as Nelson Town Crier. But Town Clerk Mr Martin R. Harrison said: “Sadly, as he has suffered a serious illness, our Town Crier will not be able to attend this year. So the Lancashire Day Proclamation will be read by Town Councillor Tony Edwards, who is the lead member of the Lancashire Day working group. Starting at 11am, it will be read on the hour, every hour.

“As in previous years, there will be a stage with live acts. These will include a solo slot by Phil Knight, local acoustic duo, Ross and Lily, the Bacup-band Crashlanding (who performed last year), Imogen Story and the Phil Knight experience, a Blues Brothers tribute and Nelson Brass, who will bring the event to a close. There is a rumour that Elvis is planning to attend and will mingle with the crowd!”

As usual, there will be a mixture of commercial and charity/community stalls – 10 in total – and three other traders who don’t need a stall – these include Slater’s Ice Cream.

First Aid is being provided by the Colne First Aid Group and the Fire and Rescue Service will be in attendance from 1-30pm.

For the children, there will be three roundabouts, a bouncy castle and road train, all of whom attended last year. All rides will be free.

The event will also include the switch-on of Nelson’s town centre Christmas lights at 5pm when Father Christmas will attend.