Town crier to open Hanson event

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Clitheroe Town Crier Roland Hailwood has agreed to officially open Hanson Cement’s open day at the Clitheroe plant on Saturday.

As well as welcoming visitors at the start of proceedings at 9 am, he will announce the departure of mini-buses taking members of the public on tours of site.

Roland, who has been the town crier for 30 years, said: “I know the importance of the site as an employer and of its history and have a number of family connections with the site.”

Among the many attractions will be a balloon race, with members of the public offered the chance to release a helium-filled balloon and the person whose balloon travels furthest will win a trip in an air balloon. The money raised will go to five local charities.

Other features include giant quarry machines, trains and road tankers that transport cement; displays about cement making and geology, as well as face painting and music from Clitheroe Town Band.