Clitheroe loud bangs mystery solved

Clitheroe Castle.
Clitheroe Castle.

Many local residents have been wondering what the loud bangs have been each day this week coming from the direction of Clitheroe Castle.

Several members of the public have inquired at the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times office at Fern Court, Moor Lane, Clitheroe, after being startled by the bangs each day.

On investigation, the paper can report that the bangs are part of a special events’ weeks that is being staged at Clitheroe Castle Museum.

Miles Peachey at the museum explained that the special events’ week, which is not part of the museum’s public programme and is fully booked up, gives pupils and teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in stimulating, hands-on activities in the back drop of the historical monument of Clitheroe Castle.

As part of the events’ week the cannon at the castle is being sounded twice a day at approximately 12 noon and 2-30 pm.

All sessions during the week are led by skilled interpreters bringing the museum to life through interactive demonstrations.

“Castle and Castle Life” is a two hour workshop during which pupils find out more about life during the Medieval period. It is this session which is concluded with the firing of the cannon.

Other sessions include “Forge” during which a blacksmith demonstrates metal working procedures and makes an arrow head for the groups to take away.

There is also “Medieval Cooking”, a hands on session, during which pupils discover all they need to know about medieval domestic life.

During the “Art of War” pupils discover the role of the castle and the huge impact it had on medieval war. During this session they will handle arms and armour.

And the final “interactive” session is “Medieval Games” during which pupils are introduced to and play different medieval games.

This special events’ week is very popular and has run every year for the last five years or so. It will conclude on Thursday.