At the weekend, keen cyclists not only lapped Pendle several times on closed roads (Sunday) but also sallied forth from Barley to Hornby and beyond (Saturday) passing the 'Cat and Rat' Festival at Hornby. Hornby has had a village festival before but this was a special one with added feline and rodent interest!
Why Cats and Rats? All to do with the history of Hornby Castle and an old tale of a cat that helped rid the infested castle of its plague of rats. It was a lovely day; the weather was glorious, there was a marching jazz band, a vegetable stall, bric a brac stall, pottery stall, a fancy dress competition, sack races, egg and spoon races, coconut shy, whack the rat, home made cakes, tea and lots more.
The Tug of War was a mini world cup with girls vs boys, girls vs mums, boys vs dads, and ending up with what appeared to be everyone vs everyone else. A truly lovely day and it seemed all of Hornby was there. They have a packed programme of events for the rest of this week and the organisers have done an excellent job. The Pendle cycling festival was even more scary though than the Cat and Rat festival. On Saturday there was a 'Cyclo-Sportive' event (aka Pendle Pedal) open to all cyclists;150Km or 80Km over Pendle, Waddington Fell and Longridge Fell. On Sunday, a closed 7.5 mile route saw our internationally known cyclists fight for the British National Championships. Everyone was 'playing cat and mouse' according to Emma Pooley as reported in Cycling Weekly.