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Popular: Around 12,000 people turned out to Leyland Festival last year

Popular: Around 12,000 people turned out to Leyland Festival last year

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Excitement is mounting for Leyland Festival – and people are being asked to help make this year’s event the best ever.

The two-day festival is being held in the grounds of Worden Park. and in Leyland town centre. on July 7 and 8, and the Festival Committee wants local businesses and community groups to pledge their support. and get on board.

Festivities will get under way with a parade through the centre of Leyland on the Saturday, which will see the return of floats for the first time in years, and a special fleet of heritage vehicles from the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

There will also be a host of entertainment throughout the weekend at Worden Park.

Events lined up so far include a Paws in the Park dog show, craft and community stalls.

More activities will be on offer in the town at the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre on Church Road, and the vehicle museum on King Street, which will both have special opening hours over the festival weekend.

Leyland Festival is supported by a wide range of local businesses, voluntary and community organisations, and there is still time for groups and individuals to get involved.

Organisers are especially keen to hear from anyone who can give up some of their spare time to help out during the weekend, as well as any local businesses or charities interested in taking stalls.

Local bands are also being invited to come forward if they would like to join the bill of live performers in Worden Park and Leyland town centre.

Coun Phil Smith, South Ribble Council’s cabinet member responsible for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “I would encourage as many local businesses and organisations as possible to come on board and help support Leyland Festival, which is going from strength to strength.

“Not only will they have a great time, they will also benefit from the huge numbers of visitors coming into the town.

“It’s a big weekend in the Leyland and South Ribble calendar, and attracted more than 12,000 people in 2011.

“While plans for this year’s festival are well advanced, there are still opportunities for businesses, charities and organisations to get involved, and we’d be delighted to hear from them.”

If you would like to help out during the festival, or take a stall or trade stand, contact the Leyland Festival Committee on 01772 625441, or email festival@southribble.gov.uk.