Briercliffe Festival a roaring success as hundreds dance the day away

Hundreds turned out to enjoy Briercliffe FestivalHundreds turned out to enjoy Briercliffe Festival
Hundreds turned out to enjoy Briercliffe Festival
A bit of wind, rain and mud did not stop Briercliffe Festival from putting on one of the parties of the year.

Organisers promised visitors a day to remember in the lead up to the highly anticipated Queen Street recreation ground event...and they did not disappoint.

The inclement weather meant a last minute site switch around, but all planned attractions – bar a giant inflatable assault course – went ahead.

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These included a float procession from the Hare and Hounds, led by Mayor of Burnley Coun. Mark Townsend, and his Mayoress Mrs Kerry Townsend, a fun fair, dog agility show, Lancashire's Strongest Man/Woman competition, various food and craft stalls, licensed beer tent, and a spellbinding performance by Jasper Cherry the magician.

Organisers Liam Kilbride, Brad Pounder and Ju Smith.Organisers Liam Kilbride, Brad Pounder and Ju Smith.
Organisers Liam Kilbride, Brad Pounder and Ju Smith.

Young dancers from Energize braved the weather, too, as they treated onlookers to a special routine.

Live music came courtesy of The Vibe, Dirty Suns and Leonie Smedley, a last minute replacement for Rakish Paddy. Meanwhile, DJs Kev Riley and Baz will keep crowds entertained well into the evening.

Briercliffe Festival was brought back in 2018, following a 10-year hiatus, by organisers Brad Pounder, Liam Kilbride and Ju Smith.

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The first two events were huge community successes before the pandemic put a halt to proceedings last year.

Liam said that while this year's event was a "nightmare" to organise, it was worth it to see so many people enjoying themselves on the day.

"It actually went better than expected. The forecast was awful – 90% black clouds – but that didn't stop hundreds of people coming out. It wasn't as busy as in previous years, but it was still a fantastic day.

"I don't know whether it was in defiance of the weather, or because of the pandemic, but everybody there was just having a really good time.

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"We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff, volunteers, sponsors, the parish council, performers, and everybody who came along.

"We'll definitely be back next year...even bigger and even better."