Save Clitheroe Bonfire protestors on march to council

PROTEST MARCH: Clitheroe bonfire protesters make their way through the castle fields to the meeting in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber.
PROTEST MARCH: Clitheroe bonfire protesters make their way through the castle fields to the meeting in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber.

SAVE Clitheroe Bonfire campaigners staged a protest ahead of Tuesday’s full council meeting during which the future of ESAG was discussed.

A 40 to 50-strong group of protestors met on Clitheroe Castle field, where Clitheroe Community Bonfire is usually staged, before walking up to Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber on Church Street.

PROTEST MARCH: Clitheroe bonfire protesters make their way through the castle fields to the meeting in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber.

PROTEST MARCH: Clitheroe bonfire protesters make their way through the castle fields to the meeting in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber.

Local police officers monitored the protest which saw campaigners stop traffic to march through Market Place and up Church Brow.

They then gathered outside the council chamber on Church Street shouting chants such as “stop ESAG now”.

Mother-of-six Katei Blezard (34), of Parson Lane, explained that the aim of the protest walk had been to demonstrate the strength of feeling behind the campaign to scrap the Ribble Valley Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG).

The event passed off peacefully with protestors dissipating once the full council meeting started.

Earlier that evening, both Katei and a fellow Save Clitheroe Bonfire campaigner Lucy Hatherell had been interviewed by Brett Davison on his BBC Radio Lancashire 5 p.m. show.

During the full council meeting Lucy, of Stamford Place, Clitheroe, presented councillors with a petition signed by 300 local residents calling for ESAG to be scrapped. A Save Clitheroe Bonfire page set up on the social networking site Facebook has so far received almost 1,700 “likes” and many messages of support.