Lancashire Day Celebration

Lancashire Night
Lancashire Night
left to right: Karen Shaw, David Hall. Photo by Kevin Robinson

It was cloth-caps all round at Mount Zion Church, Cliviger, on Saturday evening, as members and friends celebrated Lancashire night a few days early.

The evening, led by church leader Susan Hartley, including a meat and potato pie, before Alan Scholes led community singing in a number of Lancashire songs.

Colin Scholes played a first world war favourite, Roses of Piccardy on his cornet accompanied by Pauline Scholes and there were poems and monologues in the county dialect by Margaret Baker and Neil and Margaret Eastwood.

The 60-plus people who attended also took part in a county quiz and heard retired journalist Dave Hall, a member of the church, interview Karen Shaw, editor of Northern Life magazine, about her publication and how she began it with a laptop in her bedroom.

“I wanted it to be a magazine by the people for the people,” she said, pointing out that she took articles, poems and contributions from anyone with anything interesting to write about. “Especially the past,” she added.

Those present were also able to read about the history of the area, and the church in particular, in words and pictures, on a series of display boards prepared by the Cliviger Archives and Photographic group.

“It was a very entertaining evening and we learnt a lot about the county and what makes it special,” said Miss Hartley.

Lancashire Night
Photo by Kevin Robinson

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