Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the 5,000 people that descended on the castle field for Clitheroe’s annual community bonfire.
What started as a damp evening soon cleared for all to enjoy the warmth of a large bonfire, lit by Golden Ticket winner Lewis Robinson and then a spectacular fireworks display ceremoniously launched by Mrs Maureen Tabiner.
“We’re delighted with how smoothly things went, allowing us to provide a first-class event for the town in a safe environment,” said chairman Andy Belcham.
“Using the castle keep once more as a backdrop and launchpad for our fireworks makes for an incredibly visual firework display and is something we’ll be repeating. Seeing the skyline light up with the silhouette of our famous landmark castle is something a bit different and really puts our event on the map.’
Thanking the bonfire committee Andy added: “We have a committed and well-organised group of people who work hard behind the scenes to get this annual event off the ground. From the youngsters in Clitheroe Round Table who build the bonfire each year, to all the town’s service organisations who run the gates and act as marshals to ensure safety it’s a huge team effort and we’ll be writing to them all to thank them in the coming days.”
Even the Clitheroe Mayor has a job to do! The annual Guy contest this year was judged at noon and was won by Pendle Primary School with their Guy donning the hot seat on the bonfire. Runners up were 1st Clitheroe Beaver Scouts.
Clitheroe Bonfire and organised fireworks display is a large-scale community event that draws thousands of people together from across the town, the Ribble Valley and the wider region.
This year, the money raised will be donated to three local charities – East Lancs Hospice, Ribble Valley Crossroads Care and Ribble Valley Foodbank. The event is widely supported by members of Clitheroe’s many charity organisations including Pendle View Rotary Club, Clitheroe Lions, Clitheroe Rotary, Ribblesdale Rotary and Clitheroe Round Table. It is one of the town’s major fundraising events each calendar year.