RAMSBOTTOM is making the final preparations for its May Day celebrations.

The town will hold a host of events for four days from Friday to Monday.

A French farmers market, markets and craft fairs have been planned.

Crowds will be entertained by Maypole dancing in the Memorial Gardens and Rossendale's Britannia Coconut Dancers are due to appear. Colne's Morris Men have also been invited to dance at the festivities, which are an old English tradition.

A jazz night is planned for Ramsbottom Cricket Club and a six mile " Call My Bluff" guided walk is being planned.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the celebrations, or in hiring a stall at the craft fair should telephone 01706 827602.