Pride and poppies on parade

The mayoral parade at last year's Barefest.
The mayoral parade at last year's Barefest.

Poppies will be the theme of this year’s Bare village festival.

As part of the Morecambe Poppy Scatter, poppy seeds will be scattered in the village to remember the brave men from Bare who perished in World War One.

A special window display can already be seen in Bare Pharmacy which marks the village’s role in the First World War to coincide with the 100th anniversary year since the outbreak of war.

Bare businesses have organised the Barefest festival this Saturday (June 7), which includes the making of the Lord Mayor of Bare.

Retired school teacher and former city councillor Susan Bray will take on the role of Mayor for the second year.

“Barefest promotes the community spirit in the village,” said Mrs Bray, whose role has no official powers but is a community figurehead. “We’re one of the few communities with our own post office and chemist.”

This year the mayoral procession starts at 12.30pm and the ceremony will be held on Princes Crescent, not the Dog and Partridge car park as in previous years. Mrs Bray will also officially welcome the new residents of Elms Hall, the retirement apartments built on the site of the former Elms Hotel.

Princes Crescent will be closed to traffic from 11am to 4pm. The Barefest will also include birds of prey and ‘creepy critters’ displays, a jazz band, buskers, live music, street theatre and dancing, cheerleading, children’s activities, a hog roast, model engineers, arts and crafts, a juggler and more.