Torchlight procession in Clitheroe to celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympics

Lovely Jubilee souvenir programme. (s)
Lovely Jubilee souvenir programme. (s)

plans are in hand to resurrect one of Clitheroe’s most famous traditions – its Torchlight Procession and Fireworks Display.

The last “Clitheroe Torchlight” was back in 2002, in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, but now a working group is up and running with the aim of staging one on Saturday, September 8th, 2012, to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the staging of the Olympic Games in London.

Preliminary arrangements are being made by Clitheroe Town Council in consultation with Ribble Valley Borough Council and other local organisations and individuals.

The 2012 event will be similar to those organised in the past, taking into account Health and Safety regulations. It will rely on the generosity of the local community and every effort will be made to make it self–financing.

The Torchlight Working Group held its first meeting on February 2nd and its chairman, Mr Peter Moore, is optimistic that, with the help and support of the community, the 2012 Torchlight will be the best yet.

He added that plans would be made to stage other attractions on Clitheroe Castle field throughout the day, which will include local bands to play along with morris dancing groups.

Although arrangements are in the very early stages, organisations wishing to take part in the procession are welcome to register their interest by calling Clitheroe Town Council Clerk Ian Woolstencroft on 01200 424722 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or e-mail him at: clitheroe@btconnect.com, or Peter Moore on 01200 424151, e-mail: peter21.moore@orangehome.co.uk