Libraries across the county are getting ready to celebrate Lancashire Day on Wednesday 27 November, with a number of events taking place to mark the occasion.
Lancashire Day dates back to 1295, when the county sent its first representatives to Parliament. This marked Lancashire’s move into the wider sphere of politics.
A short film, Hit the North, celebrating the voices and dialects across the county will be available in all libraries through the PNet network. The piece, commissioned by Spot on Lancashire, features local artist, Matt Wilkinson, reciting poetry he composed inspired by the people he met and the places he visited whilst travelling around Lancashire using public transport.
The acclaimed debut novel, The Familiars, written by author, Stacey Halls, from Rossendale, will also be made available as an eBook and eAudiobook with unlimited downloads.
The historical fiction book is set at Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, in 1612 during the Pendle witch trials. It is based on the real story of the Pendle Witches where 12 women were hung accused of murder by witchcraft.
Many of the characters in the novel are real-life figures, with the main character being Fleetwood Shuttleworth, from Gawthorpe Hall and readers will be able to download the book immediately, without having to reserve it.
Savick Library will be celebrating the occasion with local historian, Dick Gillingham, on Wednesday 27 November from 10:30am to 11:30am. Members of the public are welcome to attend this event, Fish and Ships on Lancashire Day, to share songs, poems and see historic images of Fleetwood during its fishing heyday.
The Friends of Tarleton Library will hold a celebration, on Tuesday 26 November. Members of the public are also invited to take part in a quiz about Lancashire Day. There will also be lots of Lancashire – themed fun and entertainment. This event will take place from 9.30am to 12 noon.
Ormskirk Library will welcome local historian, Dot Broady-Hawkes, on Wednesday 27 November from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Dot will give an illustrated talk on the history of West Lancashire and its commerce and industry.
Poulton Library will welcome local author and musician, Kevin Morris. Kevin will be performing songs and poems about Lancashire on Wednesday 27 November from 4pm to 5pm.
Freckleton Library will entertain visitors with a performance by Lancashire born poet Dean Fraser. Dean will be reciting his poetry between 2pm and 3pm.
Julie Bell, head of libraries, museums, culture and registrars at Lancashire County Council, said: “We’ve certainly got a good range of events for people to celebrate this historic day.
“I’d encourage everyone to drop in and enjoy the activities taking place to celebrate our fantastic county.”
All of the events are free.
Anyone who lives in the UK can join a Lancashire library, either online or by visiting in person. Membership is free and there are no age restrictions.
For more information about the events and to check if you need to book a place, go to bit.ly/lancashireday
Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.