Countdown to Clitheroe’s Torchlight Procession

Clitheroe Torchlight 2012 logo
Clitheroe Torchlight 2012 logo

A CLITHEROE tradition returns later this year when the town will stage its first Torchlight Procession for a decade.

The 2012 Torchlight will celebrate two major national events taking place this year – the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games.

It is part of a two-day extravaganza which will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and which Clitheroe Town Council and Ribble Valley Borough Council are helping to fund.

The first documented Torchlight was held to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897 and the most recent was 10 years ago in honour of the Queens Golden Jubilee.

The Clitheroe Torchlight Working Group has already been busy planning this celebration for almost a year and is dedicating this charitable event to the memory of Peter Moore, who passed away recently. Peter was Chairman of the Torchlight Committee for many years and worked tirelessly to make the Torchlight celebrations in Clitheroe a resounding success.

Although still many months away, what is needed now is offers of help from the community.

Ian Woolstencroft, Chairman of The Torchlight Committee, said: “As you can imagine we always need more help to organise this event so if anyone would like to volunteer, please get in touch.

“We need volunteers to act as stewards, we need businesses, clubs, groups and other organisations to design and build floats as well as individuals who would like to get involved.

“We hope to make this the best Torchlight Procession ever so please support it by joining this memorable and historic event. If you are a member of a marching band, a street entertainer, belong to a club or group that is willing to take part _ we need you.”

Ian can be contacted on 01200 424722 or alternatively e-mail him at: ianwoolstencroft@btconnect.com

Application Forms are also available online at: www.clitheroetowncouncil.gov.uk