Spirit of Elvis to shake up festival

Leyland festival in years gone by
Leyland festival in years gone by

‘Calling all teddy boys and Elvis impersonators - your festival needs you!’

That’s the message from planners behind this year’s Leyland Festival who are working hard to make sure it’s the biggest and best yet.

The festival will be focused on Worden Park and will have a 50s theme to mark the diamond jubilee of the park.

That means this year’s events will include everything from a teddy boy’s picnic, real ale tend, fun fair and kite displays.

Stephen Bullock, trustee at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, who are heavily involved with the event along with South Ribble Borough Council and other local organisations, said: “This is the third festival and is definitely one of the highlights of the year.

“We’ve already started work on preparations for the transport element because logistically it’s such a big thing to do.

“We’re really excited because it’s going to be different from the first two. Each year the festival seems to take on a life of its own.”

The festival will take place on July 9 and 10 and raises money for local charities including the museum on King Street. As many people as possible are needed to make it a success.

This includes individuals who can spare half a day to help out, businesses who want to get involved in any of the events, and people who just want to come along for some fun.

Stephen said: “We’re definitely going back to our roots this year and we will hopefully have over 100 heritage vehicles. For that part, we’ll need about 60 volunteers.

“The vehicles will largely be following the old festival route where possible, which will mean going through the centre of town, round to Leyland Cross, and down to the park.”

Activities at the popular weekend event also look set to include a rides on a steam train, dog show, show rings and horse shows, children’s pony rides, and even a beach in the park. There will also be fruit, flower and vegetable class competitions.

Stalls will also be available for charity organisations and food.

If you are interested in getting involved or becoming a volunteer, call 01772 625441 or email festival@southribble.gov.uk

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