Lancaster remembers Witch Trials

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A SERIES of events will be held in Lancaster next year to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials.

The trial is one of the most famous in English legal history and ended with 10 men and women – the Pendle witches – being hanged for the crime of witchcraft in Lancaster.

Lancaster City Council is now working with organisations across the county with the aim of organising a year-long programme of events to mark the anniversary.

A steering group made up of partners from across the county has been set up and is being chaired by Andy Darby from Lancaster Litfest.

The group, which spans art, literature, history, events, marketing and more, is co-ordinating the planning and ensuring that venues and attractions are aware of the plans and are taking opportunities to add to the vibrancy of the year-long celebrations

All venues participating will be promoted via a marketing campaign co-ordinated by Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board.

See the Lancaster Guardian (11-08-11) for full story.