‘Floats will come back for festival’

Floats are set to return to Leyland Festival this year
Floats are set to return to Leyland Festival this year
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This year’s Leyland Festival procession is set to see the return of floats - back by popular demand.

The Leyland Festival Committee carried out a survey with members of the public after last year’s event to see how they could make improvements.

Now, chairman Stephen Bullock has revealed the main request is to have floats in the parade, and the committee has secured 10 trucks to use in July.

He said: “We undertook a survey of more than 300 visitors to identify what the public enjoyed.

“We are keeping all the best bits from last year and introducing new elements which we think will make the festival even better.

“The vehicle parade will again start the festival off, but in response to the questionnaire this year we are going to include floats.

“This sort of thing happened in the old Leyland Festival and many people say that the floats should return.”

The committee wants to hear from any groups who would like a float, and is also encouraging businesses to become involved in the celebrations.

There will be a Best Dressed Window competition, and the committee is calling on local business owners to put forward their ideas towards the festival too.

The event takes place on July 7 and 8 in Worden Park and around the town centre, including the British Commercial Vehicle Museum and the South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre.

The museum will have music and entertainment and show a collection of vehicles from all over the North West.

The Festival Committee comprises people from a wide range of businesses in the town, plus South Ribble Council, Leyland Rotary Club and the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

If you would like to get involved, email Karen Shaw at kshaw@southribble.gov.uk.