Plans for a two-week Leyland festival

Leyland Festival's success has grown over the last three years
Leyland Festival's success has grown over the last three years
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Leyland Festival is set to be a two-week celebration this summer, it has been revealed.

South Ribble Council has confirmed it will be holding the festival to celebrate the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Last year, it coincided with the 60th anniversary of Worden Park’s Diamond Jubilee, after the park was opened to the public in 1951.

No firm plans have been announced about this year’s events just yet, but one historian has welcomed its return.

David Hunt, curator of South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre, said: “It’s really good news for Leyland, and I know the festival is much missed when it isn’t on.”

The festival was cancelled for a few years after the Millennium celebrations in 2000, but made a comeback in 2009.

It’s mainly been focused around the vehicle parade through Hough Lane for the past three years.

Last year, the celebrations guided families towards Worden Park for the first time in years, but it’s not been confirmed whether the same will happen this summer.

- Send in your Leyland festival memory pictures to kay.taylor@lep.co.uk