RAMSBOTTOM was packed with visitors for the 2014 chocolate festival at the weekend.
This was the 6th year of the event, and it is estimated that the festival attracted in the region of 40,000 people over the two days.
New attractions included a new family fun area and stalls in St Paul’s Gardens where children could make their own Easter goodies at the mini-chocolate factory, while chocolate in all its form was being sold on the many stalls – and there was a chocolate fountain, locally made ice cream, pancakes and much more.
Local businesses put chocolate specials on their menus across the week.
Cllr Ian Bevan and Cllr Robert Hodkinson who helped with the event both agreed that the festival was bigger and better this year.
It was also combined with an artisan farmers market in Market Place and a duck race organised by Ramsbottom Rotary took place in Bridge Street Gardens.
It was wonderful to see so many people in Ramsbottom and we hope they come back.
The Ramsbottom Business Group worked very hard and over the two days and I would like to thank Gregg and Terri Fletcher of Purple Tiger, Paul Morris of The Chocolate Café and Gina Ball of Memories Antiques and Cllr Rob Hodkinson for their hard work and dedication in organising this event.