Clitheroe Torchlight Process under threat: crisis meeting

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CLITHEROE’S first Torchlight parade in a decade is on the brink of being extinguished.

Unless more local groups and individuals come forward to take part in the traditional parade, organisers fear they will have the cancel it as the highpoint of a weekend of celebrations in late August.

After a crisis meeting this week, the Clitheroe Torchlight Committee – headed up by the Town Council – agreed to make one last appeal for more people to take part in the Torchlight Procession planned for August 25th. The public response will guide their final decision, later this month, on whether to stage the procession.

Every time there has been an important Royal occasion since 1887, Clitheroe has held a Torchlight Procession. But 2012 – the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – looks like it might be the exception.

The number of entries so far for the procession is so poor that organisers now fear it might not take place. As part of its new appeal for participants, the committee is also trying to answer some of the questions that might be putting people off joining in (see blue panel to the right).

Clitheroe Town Mayor Coun. Sue Knox urged people to get involved, saying: “The event is on the August 25th Bank Holiday and includes a display by a Spitfire, street entertainment, the Last Night of the Proms concert and the traditional firework display.

“So come on and enter a float and make it a great day out for all those in Clitheroe and celebrate with us.”

Anyone wanting to take part is urged to apply before May 28th, when the final decision must be made. Applications can be made online by visiting the council website (www.clitheroetowncouncil.gov.uk) and clicking on the Torchlight link, or by contacting: The Town Clerk, Clitheroe Town Council, 9 Church Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DD. Tel. 01200 424722. E-mail: clitheroe@btconnect.com