The countdown is almost over and the August Bank Holiday weekend in Clitheroe promises to be a very busy one all round.
Clitheroe’s Torchlight weekend will be a real family event, starting with street entertainment along Castle Street, which is closed for the whole of Saturday. There will be live music from a stage outside The Rose and Crown, stalls, and a funfair on the castle field.
The end of the afternoon’s events will be a flypast by a Spitfire, which will display some aerobatics over the Castle at 2-40 p.m. The Spitfire is an iconic British fighter aircraft used by the British and other Allied forces during the Second World War and responsible for many of the victories in the Battle of Britain. The pilot of the one set to fly over Clitheroe is a former Red Arrows pilot, so get ready for some daring manoeuvres!
Meanwhile Lady Godiva has been growing her hair and is all ready for her guest appearance in the Torchlight procession. Percy the Low Moor pig is having new wheels fitted so he can run smoothly. The King, Queen and Jester are having costume fittings and will look as beautiful and regal as befits such an important occasion. Batman appeared in a previous procession so organiser are not expecting him to appear this year.
In 1960 the Keystone Cops turned out for T.G.B Motors, in 1953 Sweeney Todd was giving beauty treatments for Bowker Brothers employees and in 1935 Noah brought his ark... a modee of transport that could come in handy this summer!
Time will tell what celebrities will turn out this year, and the only way to find out is to come along on August 25th and watch the procession.
For those who have never seen a Torchlight Procession before, there’s a chance to see some past floats and hear some of the stories from old processions in an illustrated talk at Clitheroe Library this Saturday, August 11th, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are free from the library, but numbers are limited so hurry and get yours!