Golcar Lily Day turned into one big party to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The whole community got together to boost local businesses, raise money for charity and just have a great time listening to a wide range of music and eating – with everything on offer from burgers to cream teas..
While the village was basked in sunshine it also had a World War Two Hurricane which stunned the crowds as it flew overhead.
The fete is an annual celebration of life in Colne Valley so it was rather fitting was it that this year’s event ran on the theme of “celebrations”.
Chair of the Golcar Lily Day Committee Sue Starr said: “As we are celebrating our 10th birthday we have decided to have one big party and recognise everything that makes Golcar great.”
Music ranged from the jazz of Golcar-based big band Manhattan Sound in the centre of Golcar through to Honley Ladies Choir who performed at Scape Baptist Church. Many of the churches hosted music which also included Colne Valley Music Centre and Colne Valley Community Choir.
Jazz band plays at Golcar Lily as Hurricane flies overhead
Stockport Morris Dancers brought their quirky routines to the streets.
Squire Bill Fish, 69, said: “We come every year and love the event. It brings me back to Yorkshire which is where I’m from originally.”
Crowds also watched the event’s first ever tractor pull, where three teams of four men combined their efforts to tow a tractor with a heavy rope along Town End.
Rob Clay, who is landlord at the Rising Sun pub, said: “It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be, but it’s given us thirst for a well-earned pint.”
And charity was also on the menu for the village, whose efforts helped raise money for causes such as Kirkwood Hospice, the Dogs Trust, as well as the Hands Off HRI campaign by selling branded merchandise.
Golcar Co-Op held a stall to raise money for the hospice, while children got to guess the birthday for a cuddly monkey, with donations going towards the British Heart Foundation.
Co-op worker Karen Weston, 53, said: “The turnout this year has been better than I’ve ever seen.”
Organiser Sue Starr added: “It’s been an absolutely brilliant day, I can’t believe how glorious the weather has been.
“We have been doing this for 11 years now as it took a year to organise the first one.
“We just thought, Marsden has their Cuckoo Day, so why can’t we have our own event?”