Liquorice festivities!

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LIQUORICE lovers are in for a treat this weekend as the annual festival dedicated to Pontefract’s most famous export hits the town.

Fans of the sticky black sweet can help celebrate Wakefield Council’s 17th annual festival on Sunday July 8.

The event will transform the town centre into a candy haven and the public can win a tasty treat supplied by the festival’s official sponsor Tangerine Confectionery, by spotting liquorice festival window stickers around the town.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “This competition is a great way to get the whole family involved in the festival, as they can work together and look for the stickers. It is a fantastic way to kick off this annual event.

“With the range of fun activities and entertainment planned it should prove a great day out, guaranteed to keep the children entertained all day.”

At noon, Coun Dagger will welcome everyone to the festival with a colourful balloon release to fill the sky.

More than 50 market stalls will be on offer during the day, as well as workshops, street theatre, live music and dance exhibitions.

Festival characters will bring their special brand of medieval mayhem, courtesy of Lady Liquorice, Sir Sherbet Dip, Friar Pomfret and Henry the Jester.

For the more serious sweet connoisseur, there will be a series of talks about the famous plant and its long association with the historic town during the event, which runs from 11am to 4pm.

There will also be a ‘Funny Faces’ board at the library – an activity traditionally found at British seaside resorts – where participants can win a prize.