Whalley prepares for Pickwick Night!

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a MEMORABLE festive shopping and enchanting experience awaits thousands of people who are set to visit Whalley tomorrow evening.

Tonight sees the eargerly-awaited annual Whalley Pickwick Night celebrations.

Snooker star Shaun Murphy will kickstart the Whalley Pickwick festival at 6 p.m. along with popular Whalley residents Norman and Christine Atty, who will have run The Dog Inn for 20 years next April.

The event, which is in its 23rd year, will see the village soak up the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas during a mammoth festive street fair with a Dickensian theme.

The shops will stay open until 9 p.m. with staff wearing Victorian-style dress as they sell Yuletide gifts to the hundreds of visitors who travel from far and wide to enjoy the three-hour extravaganza.

Live music will be provided by a local rock group called Revisit, solo singer Amanda, who preformed last year as a member of the Seraphins, and a 12-year-old guitarist called Reece.

In addition, visitors will have a chance to play the 2005 world snooker champion as there will be a snooker table situated in King Street. Shaun will also take time out to switch the lights of two family homes on Limehouse Avenue just off Station Road in Whalley – a popular attraction for visitors to Whalley and the Pickwick Night festivities.