Ribble Valley Jazz Festival hits the streets

Crowds watching Clitheroe Ukelele Band at this year's Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.
Crowds watching Clitheroe Ukelele Band at this year's Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.

Crowds have been descending on Clitheroe all day to enjoy this year’s Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.

The street festival proved popular in Castle Street this morning with the rain clouds failing to disperse on spectators who enjoyed entertainment from a variety of acts.

Clitheroe Town Mayor Sue Knox enjoys a performance by the Pendle Jazzmen at Maxwell's cafe/bar, King Street, Clitheroe, as part of the entertainment at year's Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.

Clitheroe Town Mayor Sue Knox enjoys a performance by the Pendle Jazzmen at Maxwell's cafe/bar, King Street, Clitheroe, as part of the entertainment at year's Ribble Valley Jazz Festival.

These included the Clitheroe Ukelele Orchestra, the Two Rivers Swing Band and St Christopher’s CE High School Jazz Band. A plethora of acts are also playing at Clitheroe’s The Atrium cafe at Clitheroe Castle, The Grand, York Street, Maxwells cafe/bar, Clitheroe’s United Reformed Church and the Rose and Crown pub on Castle Street.

There are also buskers in the town centre and entertainment staged on Clitheroe Market with energy supplied to performers by cycle power. Youngsters had the chance to enjoy an owl and birds of prey roadshow on the market as well.

The festival opened on Thursday evening and will finish on Bank Holiday Monday with a Salute to Glen Miller and the Dance Bands performed by the Northern Jazz Orchestra and the Sparkle Sisters at Clitheroe’s The Grand.

Due to the uncertainty of the weather, organisers of the festival have moved the Sunday and Monday Picnic in the Park Bandstand gigs into the warmth of St Michael and St John’s Social Centre on Lowergate in Clitheroe.

For the full programme of events and more information visit: http://www.rvjazzandblues.co.uk