Cuerden Valley Fair cancelled

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A park’s major fundraising event has fallen victim to the weather.

The Cuerden Fair at Cuerden Valley Park in Bamber Bridge, due to take place this Saturday, has been cancelled.

The fair, which attracts more over 4,000 visitors each year, is a fun family day with activities for children, woodland crafts, food and craft marquees, farm animals, music and displays including mountain rescue dogs and falconry.

But this year the Fair has had to be cancelled as the site is waterlogged.

Park Manager Jim Longbottom said: “Although some parts of the country are in a drought situation with hose-pipe bans in place, Lancashire has seen one the wettest springs on record.

“We were forced into the decision to cancel the fair a few days ago, when we found the carpark field resembling a paddy-field and the fair site extremely boggy underfoot.

“With heavy rains forecast there was no chance for the ground to dry out, and basically we had to right the fair off before we paid out any more money to hire in equipment.

“Cuerden Valley Park Trust rely on events and donations for the upkeep of the Park.

“It’s a major blow financially to cancel the fair, but unfortunately the weather is beyond our control.

“We just have to put this behind us now and look forward to the Beer Festival which will be in our walled orchard between June 15 and 17.”