Big Picnic idea will bring communities together

Mayor of Clitheroe town, Councillor Mark French
Mayor of Clitheroe town, Councillor Mark French

One of the main events in Clitheroe’s calendar is set to have a twist to it this year.

For the Mayor of Clitheroe Coun. Mark French wants to break a little from tradition and for his Civic Sunday event on June 26th to become a more inclusive Big Picnic celebration which reaches out to all the communities who live in the town, offering them a warm welcome and an opportunity to share their culture and food.

Coun. French said: “It is one of my main goals during my year of office that we encourage greater understanding of the different communities which Clitheroe is now home to.

“One easy way to do this is to make my Mayoral Civic Sunday far more inclusive of our communities and encourage them to join me, if not for the church service then at least for the Big Picnic afterwards.”

Anyone is welcome on the day and the picnic will follow the traditional service at St Mary’s Parish Church. The Rev. Andy Froud, who is fully in support of the idea, said: “We think Clitheroe is a great place to live and work and this is a really special way to prove it.”

The Big Picnic will take the form of a Jacob’s Join with people bringing enough food for themselves and also items to share with everyone one.

Coun. French said he hoped the event would help break down some barriers and get people who may not come into contact on a day to day basis chatting, sharing ideas, experiences and food.”