Renowned World War Two plane to make Golcar Lily Day take off with a bang

The Dakota flyby is just one of this year's many events that are expected to attract up to 2000 people come rain or shine

Golcar Lily Day organiser Sue Starr at Colne Valley Museum.

A World War Two fly by will make Golcar Lily Day take off with a bang when it makes a special appearance this year on May 10.

The Douglas C-47 Dakota will set spirits soaring when it zooms over crowds at the popular event, which is the jewel in the crown of the village’s community celebrations.

It will be just one of many attractions that are hoped to attract almost 2,000 people to the area’s streets on the festival day, which also includes a large-scale knitted art installation trail.

Lively musical entertainment from five local bands will get revellers in early when Golcar Band starts proceedings at 9.45am in Jubilee Square.

This will be followed by the opening ceremony, a steam roller procession and performances by Halifax Concert Band, Huddersfield Wind Band, Slaithwaite Band and Grange Moor Band into the afternoon.

Morris dancers, stilt walkers and folk and African drumming musicians will put on shows across the village, whilst the well-liked tradition of Maypole dancing will be celebrated early at the Scout and Community Centre.

Meanwhile, fairground stalls, arts workshops and face painting will keep all ages amused throughout the day.

And Golcar Brewery will open its doors to thirsty visitors for special tours, whilst a village bake off will get stomaches rumbling.

Organiser Sue Starr, who has helped to run the event since it started eight years ago, said: “We’re really looking forward to this year’s event, which will see new and established entertainment come together.

“We’ve expanded the number of knitted art pieces following from their popularity last year to now include several bikes and a giant bible.

“Whilst we hope it will be a lot drier than last year it hasn’t put people off before.”

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