COLNE Town Council’s first Picnic in the Park last summer was such a success that there was a clamour for more. “This Sunday’s event is bigger than last year’s”, said Naomi Crewe, the Town Council’s event manager, “and although we are praying the sun comes out, we have made wet weather provision.”

Central to the afternoon, is the enjoyment of traditional picnics to the strains of Barnoldswick Brass Band playing in the park’s bandstand. They are supported by music from Colne songstress, Tristesse James.

Children are well catered for, with Punch and Judy shows, traditional sack and egg and spoon races and joshing and jollity from popular entertainer, Peter Dean.

Vets4Pets is once again running its novelty dog show throughout the afternoon, with fun classes like the Waggiest Tail and the Dog That Looks Most Like Its Owner. In return for a charitable donation, Vets4Pets is also offering a nail clipping and pawprint service. As with the children’s races, all classes are free to enter on the day.

If you haven’t time to pack your picnic, do not fear, as there will be a tempting selection of treats from stallholders, including: Riz’s Cupcakes, Farah’s Asian Treats, Strawberry J and M Traditional Sweets, The Toy Emporium, Snaffle Gin and Cake Bar, the Coffee Cube, White Heat Wood Fired Pizza and Slater’s Ice Cream.

Allied to this event is are further frolicsome activities centred around Alkincoat’s Bowling Green and Pavilion Café, including Philip Wright Crown Green Bowling Academy’s challenge for children, wuds4fun, craft stalls and face painting. The Pavilion Café is also celebrating its first birthday and is offering free cake with any hot drink purchased.

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