Broomsticks go up to help Longridge mark Halloween

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The bikes have come down - and the broomsticks are going up!

Longridge Community Partnership, having given the town a blaze of gold for the Aviva cycle tour, has now set its sights on two more events....Hallowe’en and Longridge Does Christmas.

Aviva’s colourful yellow bikes are giving way to the scary black of Hallowe’en broomsticks - and after they fly away, Partnership members will be busy working towards the festive dates of December 4, 5 and 6.

Longridge mayor Coun Sarah Rainford told councillors at their last meeting that it was because of the positive feedback from the cycle tour that the Community Partnership had decided to facilitate more events for the town. First on the list is the Hallowe’en event on Saturday, a family party with 90 places being held upstairs at the Conservative Club. This event will include a ‘ghost walk’ which it is planned to start at 3.30pm from the Civic Hall and which finishes at the Conservative Club.

The Group is also in the process of collecting information on other events going on around the town, such as family days, with more soon on Christmas plans.

Coun Rainford asked if the council would consider providing a seed budget for these events.

A discussion took place with questions on the cost, applying for grants, and whether the council could underwrite such events.

If so, she felt that the events would then aim to be self-sustaining.