Members of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce were out bright and early decorating the town with nearly 200 Union Jacks and St George’s flags, ahead of St George’s Day next week.
Led by chamber president Tony Gould, of Party People, and vice-president Daniel Williams, from Sawley Studios and Whitesands Media, the team made a 6am start on Whalley Road and were rewarded with tea and coffee before 8am from Brunch Time as they headed up Moor Lane.
By 9-30 the flags reached as far as the Market Place, where Nigel Riley and Michelle Harbord, from the Rose and Crown, Castle Street, provided bacon butties and more brews for the hungry workers.
Adam Toothill, well known as a local milkman as well as running Bowland Water Coolers, said: “With the weather mainly staying dry and enough of us to really get on top of the job, it was a great atmosphere. Hopefully, people will be pleased with our efforts to brighten up the town for St George’s Day.”
Sarah Burke, of Igloo in Castle Street, said: “We have been busy repairing flags that were damaged by the wind and rain last year.”
By lunchtime most of the town was decorated and flags were going up on Bawdlands, where Ralph Postlethwaite, of Bawdlands Chip Shop, provided meals.
Some of the flags are reaching the end of their life and will be replaced by new ones soon.
Mr Gould said new funding had been agreed in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council.
He added: “We have decided to take the flags down on Sunday, April 27th, when our members and those from Ribble Valley Jazz will be helping us put up the bunting for the jazz festival weekend, which takes place over the early May Bank Holiday.”