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Crowds enjoying the Leyland Festival
Crowds enjoying the Leyland Festival
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Organisers of this year’s Leyland Festival are calling on volunteers to come forward to help make this summer’s event run smoothly.

This year’s festival takes place on Saturday, June 16.

It starts with an ever-popular lively and entertaining parade throughout Leyland town centre then onto Worden Park for a fun-filled day of family entertainment, shows, live music food and much more.

World Books will be the theme this year and folk are being asked to dress up as book characters for the parade.

Last year 15 floats took to the roads and more than 12,000 people flocked to the park.

And organisers hope this year’s show will be even bigger and better.

Attractions will include a car show, dog show, children’s arts and entertainment area, sports area, live performances, walkabout entertainment, fairground, food court.

Martin Carlin, of the Leyland Town Team, which is one of the main partners that organise the festival, said: “It’s a big thing each year for us. Without the volunteers the event wouldn’t take place.

“All these volunteers are required because it’s such a big event. It’s something without them we’d struggle with.

“When you are looking at 12,000 plus people on the park last year we have to look at volunteers in dealing with these kind of numbers.”

Volunteers are needed to help with the likes of manning the gates, marshalling and helping on the stalls.

Tony Harrison, chairman and treasurer of the Leyland Festival committee, urged the town to really get into the spirit of the theme, just as they did last year when the theme was the Movies.

“The whole event is targeted at families and last year we had about 12,000 people on the park. We’re looking for that to be bigger and better this year.

“We need the support of the local people.

“We will be speaking to local community groups, businesses and schools. At the end of the day it’s their festival. We’re a small committee making it happen.”

The event is being jointly organised by the Leyland Festival Committee, South Ribble Borough Council and Events Live.

Councillor Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration and leisure at the council, said: “Leyland Festival is the standout event of our summer and that’s why we work so hard to make sure it’s a huge success.

“Planning is already well underway and now we need everyone to help spread the word, and for local businesses and charities to contact us to be involved.

Entry is £3 adult, free for children under 16 and early bookings through Skiddle are £2.50 each.

The event will start on Worden Park at 10.30am. The parade will go through the town about noon to 1pm and the festival finishes at 5.30pm.

The parade will start from Centurion Way, go along Preston Road, Hough Lane, Towngate and to the park.

Bookings are now being taken for the stalls with an appeal to South Ribble’s businesses and charities to join in with the fun and help make the festival even bigger and better than ever before.

Contact Events Live by emailing and register your interest.