LOVERS of liquorice are celebrating the launch of Pontefract’s annual sweet-themed festival.
Wakefield Council announced last week the liquorice festival will return to the town for its 17th year on July 8.
Youngsters from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Pontefract helped kick-start the council’s ‘Funny Faces’ festival competition to win a hamper of sweet treats from festival sponsors, Tangerine Confectionery.
Council leader Peter Box, said: “The competition is an enjoyable way to build the excitement on the countdown to the day itself.
“The liquorice festival is unique and I’m certain this year will be just as successful as previous years. It is a great opportunity to learn more about liquorice as well as the town’s rich history.
“For a fun day out for all the family come and wander around the town, sample some liquorice, take part in the workshops and enjoy the festival atmosphere created by the live music and street entertainment.
“Come along and help celebrate all things liquorice.”
The festival will transform the town centre into a sweet lover’s haven with more than 50 market stalls, workshops, street theatre, live music and dance exhibitions.
There will also be a series of talks about the famous plant and its long association with the historic town of Pontefract during the event, which runs from 11am to 4pm.
Sweet-toothed entrants can enter the festival competition by visiting the ‘Funny Faces’ board – an activity traditionally found at British seaside resorts where revellers can be photographed with their own face in the board’s cut-out – at Pontefract Library from May 21 until July 7, or during the festival.
To enter, submit a photo of yourself with the board at www.facebook.com/LiquoriceFestival before July 16.