Lancaster’s Taste of Lancashire Day

16 November 2011

Don’t miss the Biggest Lancashire Day in the County!

Nelson will be lighting up for the biggest Lancashire Day in the county on Saturday 26th November.

This will be our best Lancashire Day yet – and Nelson is already renowned for being the biggest in the county.

It’ll be a day packed with free events and entertainment to celebrate our Lancashire heritage.

The day will finish with the big finale of our Christmas lights switch on.

What is Lancashire Day?

Lancashire Day will start just before 11am with a reading of the historic proclamation by the North West’s Best Senior Town Crier, Pendle’s own Councillor Tony Beckett.  He will read the proclamation on the hour, every hour. He explained:

“Seven hundred years after the first Lancashire elected representatives went to Westminster to join King Edward 1st’s Model Parliament, we’re still celebrating what it means to be a Lancastrian.”

What’s happening?

A range of traditional and up to date entertainment will perform on stage or around the new amphitheatre including the return, in a surprising new style, of the popular and hilarious Turismo Grannies.  They took the town centre by storm this August for the official re-opening, following the town’s transformation.

There is a wide variety of food and craft stalls and children’s fairground rides.  Chef cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Plus there will be a free ice rink!

Some traders are getting involved by dressing up in traditional Lancashire dress and have agreed to do late night opening until 6pm, please feel free to take part!

Lighting up Nelson

The town centre improvements include amazing new lighting. Key buildings like the clock tower light up in different colours at night and the Nelson Shuttle is illuminated from the inside.  There are fairy lights in the trees we’ve planted around our attractive new amphitheatre and boulevard. 

With the addition of Christmas lighting, the effect will be really magical and

Nelson Brass Band will play seasonal music.


Official launch by Councillor Nadeem Ahmed, Mayor of Pendle

11.00 – 3pm             

Official proclamation by Nelson Town Crier, Councillor Tony Beckett on the hour every hour

11.00 am onwards

Granny Turismo will make surprise appearances throughout the day

11am – 1.00 pm

Explore your Lancashire Family History drop in event at Nelson Library with support from Pendle and Burnley Family History and Heraldry Society

11.10 am & 1.15pm

Britannia Coconutters from Bacup

11.35 am

Colne & District Writers’ Circle perform dialect poetry     


11.45 am

Prize giving for dialect translator winners

12.15 pm & 2.15pm

Tom & Giz, acoustic band from Barnoldswick

1.00 pm & 2.30pm

Tour of historic Nelson Town Hall (Book your place by contacting Fiona Standring on 01282 661636)

1.35 pm         

Poetry readings by Borderline Theatre Company

2.00 – 4pm

Remember When; factory life in Nelson reminiscence session at Nelson Library with free refreshments

3.15 pm & 5.30pm   

Nelson Brass Band play traditional Christmas songs & carols

4.15 pm

Surprise band play modern and Christmas songs


Countdown to the lights switch on by our Mayor, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed and free gifts for children.

6.00 pm

Christmas lights switch on by our Mayor, Councillor Nadeem Ahmed & amazing new spin from Granny Turismo           

6.05 pm – 6.30 pm

Nelson brass band

Please note:

  • Manchester/Leeds Road will remain open to traffic throughout the day
  • Car Parking/Access for all will be on Booth St. which will be for the Council’s exclusive use throughout the day.

More information:  

Hanna Latty or Paul Collins, Town Centres Team, Economic Development & Tourism, Pendle Council, 01282 661677 [email protected] or [email protected]

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