Countdown to town’s bonfire extravaganza

Clitheroe Community Bonfire. (s)
Clitheroe Community Bonfire. (s)
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There are just two days to go now before this year’s Clitheroe Community Bonfire.

Tickets are selling out quickly and organisers are urging those who haven’t yet bought any to call into Clitheroe and avoid being disappointed. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for children or £10 for a family (two adults and two children). These are available from Dawsons and Banana News.

“We can’t stress enough that this is a ticketed event and you will need these at the gate,” said chairman Andy Belcham. “We are not able to sell tickets on the gate so please make sure you have purchased your tickets in advance, or online via our Facebook page.”

The gates open at 6pm on Saturday, November 5th, but the day’s activities start long before then. At noon, the Mayor will join the team’s annual guy contest and select the winning one to sit on top of the bonfire.

And the lucky Golden Ticket winners who are ceremoniously lighting the fire, and fireworks, will also be excitedly waiting for their cue. Lighting the fire and guys this year is Robert Threlfall, a pupil of Grindleton CE Primary School, who is attending with his family.

“You can be sure of a great family night out,” added Andy. “In fact, we’d go so far to say that you can enjoy a four-course meal while you’re on the castle field so come early, and come hungry!

“Each year we fine-tune the concessions on the field to bring you a bigger and better night out. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to purchase food and drink, flashing goods, and join in the other activities we have lined up this year.”

The day’s activities start early for the Bonfire Committee with the stack being built by Clitheroe Round Table from early in the morning.

“We will also be setting out the firework display during the daytime, so whilst the castle grounds are open as usual, Clitheroe Castle Keep will be closed from 8am on November 5th,” added Andy.

The Clitheroe Bonfire and organised fireworks display is a large-scale community event that draws thousands of people together from across the town and the Ribble Valley. Each year, thousands of pounds of proceeds are shared between three local charities – East Lancs Hospice and Ribble Valley Foodbank will receive donations each year – and the event is widely supported by members of Clitheroe’s many service club organisations including Pendle View Rotary Club, Clitheroe Lions, Clitheroe Rotary, Ribblesdale Rotary and Clitheroe Round Table. It is one of the town’s major fund-raising events each calendar year.