Banging the drum for Bare village

The parade at a recent Barefest festival.
The parade at a recent Barefest festival.

Big crowds are expected at an annual celebration of all things Bare.

The yearly Barefest festival, held in Bare village this Saturday, is becoming established as a firm fixture on the Morecambe festival calendar.

The event centres around Princes Crescent and one of its highlights is the annual mayor making ceremony.

This year the Mayor of Bare will be Derek Robinson, long standing florist of Princes Crescent.

Mr Robinson will don the robe and chain for a parade through the streets of the village, starting at noon on Saturday. Road closures on the parade route will be in force from 11am.

The parade will start at Bare Village Club and continue to the Crescent.

Then the official ceremony will be on the village green at 1.30pm.

Previous mayors of Bare have included former teacher and city councillor Susan Bray, musician and Bare historian Cameron Seddon, estate agent Gerry Farrell and chemist John McKenzie.

The mayor of Bare has no powers as such but is a figurehead for the village.

The road will be closed until 5pm and there will be activities in and around the Crescent all afternoon.

The Bare Village Club car park will play host to fairground rides, a bouncy castle and music from Morecambe Brass Band.

The Dog and Partridge pub will have a funfair on its car park too, as well as displays by Morecambe lifeboat and coastguard, and an outdoor bar and barbecue.

There will also be a climbing wall.

On the Crescent itself, there will be stalls, crafts and a hog roast, and a stage with performances by local theatre groups.

Barefest echoes the community spirit of June 1910 when villagers first took to the streets for a march.

On that occasion, the parade was in protest against Morecambe Council. In fact, villagers were so unhappy they made a unilateral declaration of independence of Bare from Morecambe.

Barefest was revived in 2010 to mark the centenary of this event. Each year local traders, villagers and visitors take to the streets to celebrate local village life and raise money for charities.

For more details of Saturday’s event go to the ‘Barefest’ Facebook page.