Come and join the festival army

Photo: David Hurst'Stephen Bullock surveys a very wet Worden Park after the Leyland Festival was cancelled
Photo: David Hurst'Stephen Bullock surveys a very wet Worden Park after the Leyland Festival was cancelled
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THE clock is ticking down until Leyland Festival 2012 – Part Two – but organisers say they are having a few sleepless nights.

The event will take place from September 22 to 23 and, weather permitting, they hope it will be a huge success after the first event was called off in July due to flooding in Worden Park.

Despite a lot of excitement about the re-scheduled event, the organising committee met earlier this week and decided they need help urgently.

Stephen Bullock, chairman of the festival committee, said: “Things are going okay at the minute.

“We are getting a bit frightened, as some of the people who volunteered to do it back in July have had to pull out because of holiday commitments.

“It means we are short in some areas of the day. All we need is some adults to give a few hours on one or both of the days to help us make it a success.

“Among the main areas where we need volunteers include helping on the gates at Worden Park to make sure everyone is safe there.

“There is also a need for marshals for the parade throughout the town.

“We want to get together an army of about 50 people who are willing to give up their time.”

The festival was called off on July 6 after organisers were concerned about the ‘worst floods’ in the park in 30 years.

However, now Mr Bullock says they are preparing for the worst case scenario this time round.

“We have reviewed the plans and got a back-up if the field gets flooded again.

“It is a very robust contingency plan because we are very lucky to have so many businesses staying and supporting us.

“We have managed to get some more attractions, such as a circus workshop, where people can come and learn some skills.

“Then the army are running an assault course and high wire for young people to take part in.

“There is also going to be a penalty shootout competition where we might be able to attract a footballer to give out some prizes.

“So you could say we have made good use of the extra time by getting more people involved in

activities.”

Local firms have also given the organisers a boost by staying

involved.

Mr Bullock added: “They have been fantastic in the area.

“Many of them will have lost money from the last time but they have wanted to work with us.

“Also, some of them have volunteered to give us some floor space if the weather does turn bad, just so that the festival can go ahead.”

Anyone interested in helping out should email Karen Shaw at k.shaw@southribble.go.uk or contact Stephen on 07928 641858