Photos: Clitheroe Christmas Festival 2015

Torrential downpours may have forced the cancellation of one festive fair at the weekend.

But the weather failed to turn Clitheroe Christmas Festival into a total washout, according to its organisers.

Clitheroe Christmas Fair.'Santa and his helpers on their tour round the town.

Clitheroe Christmas Fair.'Santa and his helpers on their tour round the town.

Ribble Valley Christmas Fair, which started on Friday at Hawkshaw Farm, Clayton-le-Dale, and was due to run on Saturday and Sunday, had to be postponed because of the extreme weather.

Informing people online, a spokesman said: “With absolute regret, due to the extreme weather we are all dealing with in Lancashire, we have decided to cancel our event for the remainder of the weekend.

“All tickets for today (Saturday) and Sunday will be refunded once we can get everyone off site safely.

“Thanks to all those who have supported us throughout, it’s the toughest call, but safety is everything.”

I’d like to thank the whole team for all their efforts and everyone who came to support us on the day

Daniel Williams, president of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce

In contrast, members of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce, the organisers of Clitheroe Christmas Festival, decided to go ahead with their event, but with some amendments.

Daniel Williams, president of Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and Commerce, said “The weather was awful, but we rearranged a few things and battled on and the day does go down as a success.

“Everyone who braved the weather enjoyed the event and the idea was to bring people into town shopping and if ever there was a day we needed that, it was this Saturday!”

He added: “I’d like to thank the whole team for all their efforts and everyone who came to support us on the day.”

Clitheroe Christmas Fair.'Leon and Natalia Tyldesley with Elsa.

Clitheroe Christmas Fair.'Leon and Natalia Tyldesley with Elsa.

Attractions included a visit from Father Christmas, who arrived by train from Blackburn, and Olaf, the much-loved snowman character from the hit Disney film “Frozen” also visiting the town and posing for photos.

Entertainment from singers Grace Davies, Arthur Geldard plus Xanthe and James and Clitheroe Ukelele Band still went ahead at the Rose and Crown pub, Castle Street, which also served a hog roast, mulled wine and mince pies.

Children could also visit Santa in his grotto at The Atrium Cafe, Clitheroe Castle, with Britain’s Got Talent star Ella Shaw singing Santa a seasonal farewell at the end of the day.

And the Rev. Andy Froud still led his annual Walking Nativity from Clitheroe Parish Church to the crib at the castle gates.

Commenting on the decision to go ahead with the Walking Nativity, Mr Froud said: “We thought long and hard about cancelling the Walking Nativity due to the dreadful weather. The alternative would have been to reenact the story of Noah. As it happened, an amazing number of families appeared so I’m glad we kept to plan.

“I’d like to thank the team from the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade for all their hard work and for keeping the faith!”

There was also carol singing throughout the day by pupils from local primary schools including St James’s CE Primary School in Clitheroe and St Mary’s RC Primary School at Langho.

l Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s festive fundraiser is now going ahead on Saturday. See page 24 for the full story.