Family fun on the cards for festival

Strong crowds: Last year's Leyland Festival
Strong crowds: Last year's Leyland Festival
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Preparations are in full swing for this year’s Leyland Festival.

The event, which will take place in July, has a 50s theme to coincide with the diamond jubilee of Worden Park.

And the festival promises to have plenty of activities to interest all the family, including fairground rides, helicopter trips, performances from live bands and even a dog show.

The event is being organised by local organisations such as the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, as well as South Ribble Council.

Denise Johnson, director of regeneration and healthy communities at the council, said: “This year’s festival looks set to be the best yet.

“Our goal this year was to bring back a sense of good old fashioned family fun to the festival which is fitting as we are also celebrating the diamond jubilee of our award-winning Worden Park.

“A lot of effort has been put into arranging the event, and with live music, stalls, dog shows, vehicle parades, children’s rides and so much more, we really hope we’ve got something for everyone. 

“I would urge local families to put the date in their diaries so they don’t miss this fantastic festival.”

The event kicks off on Saturday July 9 with a vehicle parade setting off from Centurion Way. This will travel through the town centre and into the park, where some will park and others will be showcased on the King Street car park of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

On Sunday, a coach pull will be held to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

Event organisers are still looking for teams to take park so if you’re feeling fit, get a group together and try your luck.

There will also be a charity tug of war, cooking demonstrations, chocolate workshops, and performances from the Christine Harrison Dance School, plus more than 30 stalls selling arts and crafts.

Sticking with the 50s theme, there will also be a rock and roll band, a teddy boy’s picnic, 50s arts exhibition.

And if your family pet is feeling left out, why not enter the Paws in the Park competition to find the waggiest tail and best trick.

The park will open at 11am each day and entry is £3 per person and those aged 16 and under go free.

All proceeds go to local charities including St Catherine’s Hospital and Leyland Rotary Club.

Programmes are available from the Civic Centre and other participating stores in the town centre.

For more information, call the council’s regeneration department on 01772 625441.