Have a really groovy time as festival turns back the clock to 60s and 70s

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The countdown’s begun to this year’s Leyland Festival.

So it’s time to dig out your flares and dust off your miniskirts – and get groovy.

For this year’s festival is taking on a 60s and 70s theme on Saturday.

The popular parade will be back as well as a packed programme of events on Worden Park – including everything from the Paws in the Park Dog Show to the funfair, busy arenas and a whole host of stalls and entertainment.

The fun starts at 11am in Leyland town centre when the Ecclestson Clog Dancers will entertain the crowds at Leyland Market and along Hough Lane.

South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre will be open for the day, showing black and white film and photography of the early festivals. Celebrated dancing troupe, the Leyland Morris Men – who date back to 1889 - will be putting on a show outside the museum, from 11am.

The popular parade, featuring community groups and vehicles, will start at noon, making its way along Hough Lane, Towngate, Leyland Cross and Worden Lane to Worden Park.

Once in the park, the show really gets started! The popular Paws in the Park dog show opens at 12.30pm – don’t worry if you haven’t registered your pooch, you can take part on the day.

Mayor of South Ribble councillor Mary Green will officially open the festival at 1pm and crown the 2015 Leyland Festival Queen.

The rest of the afternoon will be made up of performances from dancers, singers, musicians and entertainers, and of course truck and vintage vehicle displays.

The Rock FM stage will feature the best of local talent, and there’s also a children’s funfair, giant kite display, climbing wall, Segway challenge, sports taster sessions and the Pub in the Park at the Arts Centre.

A full timetable of Saturday’s entertainment and park map – which is being kept updated with last-minute changes right until Saturday – can be found at www.leylandfestival.co.uk and on the council’s website www.southribble.gov.uk. Printed copies will also be available on the day.

Parking on Worden Park itself will be limited to blue badge holders.

Runshaw College will be available for parking, and all council-run town centre car parks (including the public section of Tesco car park and behind the Civic Centre) will be free all day.

Tickets cost £3 with under 16s going free. Visit www.leylandfestival.co.uk or www.facebook.com/leylandfestival.

Leyland’s annual community Festival will this year benefit from a dedicated pop-up radio station.

Leyland Festival Radio will broadcast on 107.9 on the FM band for the three days leading up to and including Festival day, June 20.

Moorhouse’s Brewery is toasting Leyland celebrations for its annual festival this weekend with the specially branded Leyland FESTIV-ALE.

The ‘rich golden’ tipple will be on the bar this Saturday at the town’s Leyland Lion Wetherspoon’s pub.