A GERMAN Second World War plane will form part of a key display at the annual Accrington Food And Drink Festival.

Organisers have secured the use of a Messerschmitt ME 109/Bf 109 fighter plane, which will be on display on the town square as part of the 75th anniversary of D-Day commemorations forming part of the event on June 1.

And they are hoping for record attendance with more than 14,000 people set to descend on the town centre for the 22nd annual event.

Miles Parkinson, leader of Hyndburn Council said: “This event is one of the highlights of the year for Accrington, and 2019 will be no different.

“Last year over 14,000 people attended, and we are aiming to exceed this.

“Not only will there be over 70 stalls with a variety of international cuisine on offer, we have live cooking demonstrations and are honouring our heritage with commemorations to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, which falls in the same week.

“Yet again Scott Dawson, organisers, have managed to make a fantastic event even more exciting.

“It’s something Hyndburn Council are proud to support, and I hope to see families and friends filling the town and having fun.”

The festival is coinciding with the #AmazingAccrington beer festival, hosted in the town hall from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2.

The activities and entertainment at the food and drink festival include more than 70 stalls serving food from around the world as well as live demos from celeb chef Richard Fox.

There will be a vintage bus offering transport through Hyndburn to the festival

The food festival is free to attend and tickets for the beer festival can be purchased via the Eventbrite website.