CAMPAIGNERS turned out in force at the weekend to protest against the possibility of fracking on either side of The Pennines.

More than a dozen protestors marched through Colne, Whalley, Ribchester and Longridge on Saturday and Sunday under the Keep East Lancashire Frack Free (KELFF) banner.

The procession was part of a wider march from Kirby Misperton, a North Yorkshire site where fracking has been given permission, and the Cuadrilla site at Little Plumpton.

The highlight was a public meeting featuring Green Party energy spokesman, Cllr Andrew Cooper, at Burnley Central Methodist Church on Saturday.

More than 40 people welcomed the marchers.

Organiser David Penney said the march had united the Red Rose county Lancashire with its White Rose neighbour Yorkshire in opposition to drilling for shale gas.

He said: “Spirits were high and the weather was better than we expected.

“They brought a tree and some earth from Kirby Misperton to plant at Little Plumpton to show how united we are.”

Drilling company Osprey holds the bulk of the exploratory licences for East Lancashire sitting on exploitable shale gas reserves.