Clitheroe celebrates Lancashire Day

Forget Red Nose Day...it was Red Rose Day when Clitheroe celebrated Lancashire Day with good free helpings of Lancashire hot pot.

Award-winning chef Anson Bolton, from the Millstone, Mellor, was at the castle gates with steaming dishes of the Lancashire staple food.

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley try free hotpot made by  chef Anson Bolton from the Millstone at Mellor.'Photo Ben Parsons

The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley try free hotpot made by chef Anson Bolton from the Millstone at Mellor.'Photo Ben Parsons

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Richard Sherras and Mayoress Mrs Lynne Pate joined the fun, along with town crier Roland Hailwood and local journalist Eric Beardsworth (inset) and met the Thwaites brewery dray horses. Then in Market Place Mr Hailwood read out a proclamation to commemorate the day in 1295 when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament – now remembered annually as Lancashire Day.

Town Cryer Roland Hailwood and proud Lancastrian Eric Beardsworth trying the hotpot made by Anson Bolton from the Millstone at Mellor.'Photo Ben Parsons

Town Cryer Roland Hailwood and proud Lancastrian Eric Beardsworth trying the hotpot made by Anson Bolton from the Millstone at Mellor.'Photo Ben Parsons