'Love Clitheroe' BBQ is sizzling success - PICTURES

Tasty food serves up a treat. Pictures by Daniel Hilf. (s)
Tasty food serves up a treat. Pictures by Daniel Hilf. (s)
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More than 1,000 proud locals braved the weather on Saturday to enjoy a delicious free barbecue and fun day.

The 9th-annual “Love Clitheroe” barbecue once again proved a huge success with crowds of people - both adults and children, who not only tucked into scrumptious food, but enjoyed a free bouncy castle and slides, a tug of war, face painting and a football penalty shoot out.

Plenty of fun and games at the community event

Plenty of fun and games at the community event

The event was organised by local churches and Clitheroe Christians in Partnership and held at the usual venue, Castle Fields, from noon until 3pm.

Spokesman, Dave Thornber, said: “Meat was purchased from local butchers and Sainsbury’s kindly donated all the bread.

“There was a bouncy castle, a bouncy slide and two local vicars, the Rev. Andy Froud and the Rev. Mark Pickett went head-to-head on the inflatable gladiators.

“There was a makeshift beach, crafts and face painting for the children and Clitheroe’s Healing Rooms team were there to offer prayer.”

Face painting to keep kids entertained

Face painting to keep kids entertained

He added: “It was a great day and fantastic to see so many families from Clitheroe having a great time.

“We had an Eden Bus with seven youth workers on board which proved popular with the young people, this was a converted double decker bus with a climbing wall, a spiral slide, a nail bar, a karaoke booth and games consoles. Games were hosted from the stage throughout the day, we had a community tug of war and a giant penalty shoot followed by short messages from the hosts sharing the good news of Jesus.

“We had over 60 volunteers from across the churches pull together to make it happen. The volunteers got pretty wet during the set up, however, our prayers were answered and the clouds parted at around 11-30am. Torrential rain came down just as the BBQ came to a close at 3pm.

“The purpose of this event is to ‘Love Clitheroe’, to share the love that Jesus has for us with the town, that’s why we do this and that’s why we make everything free."

Volunteers doing their bit to spread the love

Volunteers doing their bit to spread the love

Food glorious food

Food glorious food