COLNE TOWN COUNCIL is holding its first Summer Food Festival this Saturday. Two dozen stalls dedicated to specialist foody offerings will be in the town centre on Saturday, 16th July. But that’s not all, Market Street is closed to through traffic all day, meaning people can enjoy the musical vibe that will suffuse the town all day.
Bands booked include: Barnoldswick Brass Band, Frollicking Pete & Fumbling Fingers (Ceilidh), Accrington Pipe Band, Piping Hot Brass, Karin Grandal Park & Rosie Clegg (Folk, Jazz and Blues), plus Sarah Cross (Motown). In addition, street performers will keep the music flowing throughout the town.
Chairman of Colne Town Council, Cllr. Sarah Cockburn-Price, commented: “At long last, the weather forecast is good, so perhaps summer is really beginning! As with all our events, the Summer World Food and Music Festival is free for residents and visitors to enjoy. We hope people will come to do their shopping, browse the tempting treats on offer at our food stalls and linger to listen to the music. The fact we have closed the road will allow the day to be relaxed and fun. Please come early, as we expect the car parks to fill up quickly.”
The idea of this summer combined Food and Music Festival was the brainchild of Cllr. Ash Sutcliffe, Chairman of the Town Council’s Events Committee. He said: “This is our first event of this kind and if people like it, we will stage more of them, so come along and enjoy the day while supporting shopping in your local town.”
With events such as this, Colne Commemorates and the Cycling Grand Prix helping to prove a town’s vitality, the Town Council is working with the Town Centre Forum to enter the Great British High Street Competition. Last year, Colne was runner up in the Market Town category.
On the evening of Tuesday, 26th Colne Town Council is staging The Colne Grand Prix Cycle races, sponsored by cottages.com and Fort Vale. For first time ever, Colne’s main race has the honour of closing the race series and the first race, the Youth Race, is a little earlier than usual, at 6.15 p.m. This is followed by the Fort Vale Sprint for Success race at 7 p.m. and the cottages.com Colne Grand Prix at 8 p.m. With fewer laps than in the past, the prizes are expected to be awarded at 9 p.m.