Get ready for a free bbq at the Castle

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Thousands of people are expected to attend a free barbecue and family fun event in Clitheroe Castle grounds this weekend.

The Love Clitheroe barbecue – hosted by the town’s churches – will take place on Saturday afternoon.

While waiting for sizzling free burgers, crowds can enjoy three-legged races and tug of war, face painting and craft making and a gyroscope, gladiators and a football cage. These are just some of the activities that are going to be taking place on the Castle field between noon and 3 pm.

This is the seventh year Clitheroe Christians in Partnership have hosted this free event for the whole town. Last year more than 1,000 people were served a free hot dog or burger and organisers of this year’s event are promising it to be bigger and better with a variety of activities including stage games and a massive penalty shoot-out being added.

The Rev. Mark Pickett, Rector of St James’ Clitheroe, said; “This event is for everyone, an opportunity to serve our community for free.

“We have called it `Love Clitheroe’ because that is what we are trying to do. The emphasis is on fun so come along and enjoy yourselves.”

The barbecue has always proved a hit with crowds who in previous years have travelled from far and wide to tuck into delicious hot food.

Last year dozens of people were entertained by a magician as they waited patiently for their free burger.

Every 20 minutes children and adults took part in stage games and folk also received prayer for healing and words of encouragement and hope from the Healing Rooms and Stardream Teams, while craft making and face painting were on offer for the more creative.