It may have been cold on Saturday, but the festive spirit tempted shoppers and families to Christmas in Colne.

Christmas in Colne proved a big hit with children, owing to face painter, Sophie at Beautiful You, who laboured all day in the Market Hall, the fun fair rides and donkey rides in Hartley Square and the Christmas Crafts provided by Colne Library.

Cllr Ash Sutcliffe, Chairman of Colne Town Council’s Events Committee said: “It was busy during the day, but the night time broke all records and we had the biggest ever Torch lit Parade and completely filled the church, whilst the crowd in Hartley Square filled it and stretched back down Market Street. I’d like to thank all who took part, including musicians, traders and dancers, plus all those who attended and made it such a fun day.”

There was musical entertainment aplenty, with Lord Street Primary School starting the day off, and then Darwen Brass, Pendle Jazz Men and Burnley Brass Band all performing under the Market Canopy. In addition, Oakenhoof Clog Dancers drew large crowds in front of Colne Library.

Festive stalls drew crowds of shoppers and filled Market Street with delicious aromas.

In the Festive Window Competition, First Prize was awarded to Aura Beauty and Wellbeing while second and third prizes went Albert House Residential Home and Carewatch offices respectively. Scarlett Ribbons and Nikita Kayleigh Photography were highly commended.

After Father Christmas in his sleigh led the spectacular Torch Lit Parade which switched on Colne’s Christmas Lights, the festivities culminated with a varied dance programme from Helen Green’s Dancers, followed by a selection of favourite carols performed by Pendle Community Orchestra and Arden Angels which was all topped off by a fabulous Firework Finale.

It has been an energetic year for Colne Town Council events and we aim to continue to raise the profile of Colne, and in doing so, not only support local business, but also provide great events for Colners to continue to enjoy.

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