Rallying call to save at-risk Whalley Pickwick

Crisis talks are being held over the future of Whalley's famous Pickwick extravaganza.

Tuesday, 3rd April 2018, 1:00 pm
Whalley Pickwick has always been a hit with the crowds. (s)

The annual Christmas event, which is set to celebrate its 30th year this year, faces an uncertain future.

Now, a public meeting is being held and a plea for help has been issued to ensure the popular festival goes ahead.

Pickwick sees the village of Whalley take a step back in time to have a Dickens of a time. A spokesman said: “Without your support the Whalley Pickwick event may not reach its 30th birthday this year. The lack of support by the community and local businesses are putting this year’s plans in jeopardy. We need new ideas, more help and advice to make this event a huge success and sustainable for many more years to come!”

“Some of the questions being asked are do we need to change the format of Pickwick? Do we need to change the timing/day of the event? What are people’s expectations? How can we improve Pickwick?”

Pickwick’s highlights in previous years include carol singing, fire eating, juggling and music. Craft, games and food stalls, which promise mulled wine, black puddings and spit-roasted pork, normally line the main street. Most of Whalley’s shops and high street businesses remain open with traders clad in Victorian costumes welcoming customers. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11th, at Whalley Old Grammar School Community Centre.