ONE of the biggest events marking the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials takes place next Saturday, August 18th.
Hundreds of “witches” are expected to take part in the Pendle Witch Walk – a five-mile circular walk from Barley taking in the summit of Pendle Hill.
This family event will mark the anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials, with participants encouraged to dress up as witches. It also aims to be a major fund-raiser for Pendleside Hospice, with all the money raised from registration and sponsorship helping to fund its vital work.
Among those taking part will be staff and volunteers from the hospive, who have been getting into the mood by modelling the official witch outfits that walkers are being urged to wear!
Passers-by would be forgiven for a moment of panic as they saw this bevy of summer witches, but it was all for a good cause as hospice staff and volunteers wanted to show off the official witch outfits. In fact, the Pendle Witch Walk is set to break a Guinness World Record for the largest ever gathering of “witches”.
Christina Cope, fund-raising manager at Pendleside Hospice, said: “We’re really excited about Pendle Witch Walk – it promises to be the event of the summer and a great family day out. It’s also a great opportunity for walkers to raise as much money as they can through sponsorship.”
“The criteria Guinness gave for what constitutes a witch was quite strict – pointy wide-brimmed hat, black full-length cloak or gown and a broomstick. Your outfit has to be all black and there can’t be any branding,” added Christina.
“Whilst fancy dress isn’t compulsory, we would like as many people as possible to be dressed as witches in order that we can claim this new Guinness World Record! If you want to qualify as a witch and be a world record holder, you’ll need to wear the right gear.
“To be sure you’ll qualify as an approved Guinness World Record witch, you can get in touch with our official costume supplier – Party People, at 12 Castlegate, Clitheroe (Tel. 01200 443221) – we also have a limited supply at Pendleside Hospice. Phone 01282 440120 to buy by credit card and collect or call in to Pendleside Reception.”
Due to popular demand organisers of Pendle Witch Walk have also announced a less taxing three-mile family route that avoids the summit of Pendle Hill. All registered walkers – whichever route they take – will receive a Pendle Witch Walk T-shirt, a commemorative medal and food. Registered walkers will also be allowed free entry to a music event on Barley Green, compered by TV and radio star Ted Robbins.
You can register online at www.pendlewitchwalk.co.uk or phone 01282 440120.