New mayor for Bare

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THE village of Bare is about to welcome a most musical mayor.

Musician Cameron Seddon will take over the title of Lord Mayor of Bare from chemist John McKenzie at the annual “Barefest” gathering on June 9.

Mr Seddon, a history mature student at Lancaster University who is well-known as a keyboard player on the local pub music circuit, lives on Princes Crescent and has been a key organiser behind the Barefest event.

Bare Village Business Association (BVBA) will host the festival in the village from noon. Aside from the mayor making, Barefest will include stalls, music, dancing, face painting, a bouncy castle, cheerleading displays and competitions.

Mayor Seddon, retiring Mayor John Mckenzie, BVBA chairman David Riley, president of Bare Village Club Steve Waite and Jubilee Village Princess Ella Rose Watson will also lead a procession through the village ending at the Dog and Partridge.

Also at Barefest, a book investigating the history and heritage of Bare will be launched.

History and Heritage has been compiled by historian and former Morecambe High School teacher Harry Crawshaw and Dorothy McKenzie.

In more than a hundred pages the reader is taken from the recording of the village in the Doomsday Book, through its agricultural past, local squires, notable buildings, declaration of independence, community and commercial expansion and description of significant events.

It includes personal recollection, historical documentation and researched sources to give a unique insight into the character of Bare Village.

The authors hope that “whether the reader is local born, resident or welcome visitor, this publication will be enjoyed and give them a wider appreciation and new perspective of our village”.

After launch the book will be available from Bare Lane News and Bare Pharmacy with all profits going towards future village heritage projects.