Thousands descend into Whalley for Pickwick Festival

Whalley Pickwick
Whalley Pickwick

Thousands of visitors were transported back to the 19th Century for this year’s Whalley Pickwick Festival.

The festive event, celebrating its 26th year, was officially opened by historian and ghost walker, Simon Entwistle.

Chairman of the Pickwick Committee, Mr Neil Martin, said despite the cold wintry temperatures, people still turned out in force to support the event.

“Last night was a fantastic success. We had some of the biggest crowds ever – we estimate close to 5,000 people from far and wide attending. The event went smoothly on a cold crisp night. We are in the process of counting the donations and will soon have an idea what was raised for charity.

“We have had lots of good feedback from visitors and traders. The live entertainment was hosted by Ribcaged and was watched by hundreds during the evening.”

During the evening extravaganza, shops and businesses were open late with traders dressed in Victorian attire.

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