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Bumper turn out to first Snow Moon Festival

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Around 800 people paraded through Clitheroe on Saturday as part of the town's first ever Snow Moon Festival.


The event, which is a celebration of light and the coming days of spring, attracted around 1,000 people throughout the day and evening.

The lantern procession.

The lantern procession.

Starting at 11am with storytelling for children at Clitheroe Library, other highlights throughout the day included arts, crafts and drumming workshops, costume making, storytellers and a poetry brew with local poet Michael Neary.

A spectacular lantern parade, led by a giant hen harrier with a three metre wing span, set off from Clitheroe Castle and snaked its way through the castle fields and the market bull ring finishing at The Grand.

A free concert with Lancashire folksters Drop The Floor was then held at The Grand.

The driving force behind the award winning Cloudspotting Music and Arts Festival, Ribble Valley based Matthew Evans and Helen Ficorilli, teamed up to stage the first ever winter festival in the town.

The drumming workshop at the Snow Moon Festival.

The drumming workshop at the Snow Moon Festival.

The event was supported by The Grand, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Johnson Matthey, Taylor Wimpey, Clitheroe Chamber of Trade plus Scouts and Brownies who made lanterns for the parade.

For more photos from the event pick up a copy of this Thursday's Clitheroe Advertiser.

A youngster enjoying one of the craft making sessions at the Snow Moon Festival.

A youngster enjoying one of the craft making sessions at the Snow Moon Festival.