ORGANISERS are working industriously to put on a village festival.

Golcar Lily Day will take place this coming Saturday – with a special visitor steaming into the village to launch the event.

A 15-tonne steam roller will get the fun underway, officially opening Golcar Lily Day at Town End.

A place in the passenger seat of the 1922 Selwyn Copley will be raffled off to one lucky villager.

The sixth annual Golcar Lily Day will celebrate the village’s manufacturing heritage.

Sue Starr, who is helping organise the festival, said: “We thought it would be a bit different and would get people thinking about where Golcar people work now and have worked in the past.

“A lot of Golcar people were involved in textiles but others have been involved in engineering and related industries for many years.

“To celebrate this we decided that the opener would be a steam roller, which will travel down from just out of the village centre and into Jubilee Square.”

Mrs Starr added that she hoped the event would feature a fly-past, despite last year’s disappointment.

“Last year we were promised a fly past by a Spitfire,” she said.

“Despite the best efforts of squadron leader Duncan Mason, the weather was just too bad for this to happen.

“Let’s hope for better things this year because we have been promised a Hurricane at 1.30pm.”

Other attractions include art workshops in the Scout and Community Centre, stalls and a beer tent.

Villagers also have the chance to learn about the past at this year’s Lily Day.

“On the school field Historia Normanis will be bringing the past to life. They illustrate life and death in the 12th century and promise a history lesson you will never forget,” said Mrs Starr.

“Ginnel walks will be lead by the environment team at 2pm. This is a chance to enjoy the walk with some of this very knowledgeable group.

“Ginnel maps are also available for visitors to take and enjoy the ginnels at your leisure.

“There will be archery for those who think they could be Robin Hood and a bouncy castle and a coconut shy for younger visitors.

“Colne Valley Museum will be open and there will be children’s crafts and once again the bakers will be making the famous Lily loaf.

“Local churches will be open for music and food and Drop By on Sycamore Avenue will have food and art and craft displays.”

Visitors can use a park-and-ride service from the Pennine Manor Hotel at Scapegoat Hill.

Golcar Lily Day runs from 10am to 4pm.

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