Town Council’s Easter Saturday Event Packed the Town

THE TOWN Council’s Easter Event last Saturday in Colne drew crowds throughout the day. Colne was suffused with delicious smells from all the street food stalls and resounded to live music all day.

Now in its third year, there was a distinctly traditional feel to the day, with a town trail Easter Egg Hunt for children, as well as the display of The Children’s Egg Decorating Competition in The Library. There were also free donkey rides, crafting, face painting for children, plus a mini fair on Hartley Square.

Cllr. Ash Sutcliffe, chairman of the Events Committee, said: “Although we try to have something for everyone in all our events, this one has an unashamedly family feel. I’d like to thank everyone who took part and made it such a special day. Our events team of Naomi Crewe and Eugene Dennison worked hard alongside councillors to pull off this Event, which like all our events, is really done on a shoestring. We’ve had some great feedback and that makes it all worthwhile.”

The impressive thousand entries to the Town Council’s egg painting competition by Colne’s primary school children will remain on display in The Library for a few more days.

Many people took the opportunity to stock up on a wide variety of treats prior to the Easter Bank Holiday at the Food Festival, which filled the Parliament Street Car Park, with the hot food stalls attracting queues around lunchtime.

The entertainment was varied and included Barnoldswick Brass Band, Oakenhoof clog and Morris dancers, Tristesse James, Helen Green’s Dance Academy and the Junk Housedog Bluesman at various locations throughout the town, including Albert House Residential Home.

The Easter themed shop window display competition attracted quite a few entries and was judged by local artist, Keith Melling. First prize went to Emma Hartley Bridal, Second to The Bookshop, Third to Poppy Red, Fourth to Ruby Slippers and Highly Commended to both The Dressing Room and Oddies.

The Town Council’s first aid suppliers, GCS Medical, has kindly donated a first aid box to the Town Council for use at its smaller events. Colne Town Council’s Events Co-ordinator and qualified first aider, Naomi Crewe, said: “We are extremely grateful for this gift.”

Easter Saturday in Colne

Easter Trees in Colne LibraryALL the old Easter favourites will be in evidence this Saturday – a display of The Children’s Egg Decorating Competition in The Library, free donkey rides, a Food, Drink and Craft Festival on Parliament Street Car Park, music, dance and the return of the Easter Treasure Hunt. The Town Council’s Events Committee has been working on the event through the winter and all their plans have been brought together by their Events Co-ordinator, Naomi Crewe.

Cllr. Ash Sutcliffe, chairman of the Events Committee, said: “We have had over a thousand entries to our egg painting competition for primary school children, which this year will be displayed on bunting in The Library. We are grateful to Farmhouse Biscuits for once again sponsoring the prizes. We have sold 26 pitches for our Food Festival, so have lots of tempting treats on offer. There is no question that Colne will be the place to be this Saturday!”

Visitors to the town will be entertained by Barnoldswick Brass Band, Oakenhoof clog and Morris dancers, Tristesse James, Helen Green’s Dace Academy and the Junk Housedog Bluesman. There is also a funfair for children in Hartley Square. A hallmark of Colne Town Council’s events is the number of children’s activities that can be enjoyed for free.

Easter Saturday will see free crafting in both The Market and The Library, as well as face painting in the Market. All successful completions of the Colne Easter Bunny Trail will receive a chocolate egg – to enter call in at the Great British Rhythm and Blues gazebo, which will be on the Outdoor Market throughout the day.

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