Bilsborrow Festival is a day to remember for all

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Bilsborrow was brilliant! The verdict on a fabulous day out was unanimous after the sun shone down on Bilsborrow and District Children’s Festival and Village Fun Day on Saturday.

Poulton-le-Fylde Brass Band led the procession from the village hall to St Hilda’s Church. There was a determination not to let the refusal of permission to march along the A6 spoil the day.

Bilsborrow Children's Festival 2013'Bilsborrow Young Farmers.

Bilsborrow Children's Festival 2013'Bilsborrow Young Farmers.

The queens and retinues were followed by the many guests of honour, with members of the parish council, Bilsborrow Village Hall Committee, Bilsborrow WI and St Hilda’s Church all represented.

Morris dancers The Bilsborrow Belles danced all the way along the route, entertaining the large numbers of spectators. Fledglings Running Club, otherwise known as Fledglings Nursery, joined in with the festival theme of sport and village children followed in their football kits. Members of John Cross school and Bilsborrow Young Farmers also contributed to the parade.

Rev Jeff Finch led the festival service, focusing on the importance of team work and perseverance in getting things done well and the procession continued to John Cross CE School field where the new Queen, Louise Swarbrick, was crowned by Mrs Kath Blackley.

Retiring Queen, Sammy-Jo Milner thanked everyone for their support during her year of office.

The Bilsborrow Belles danced and entertained the crowds and there were numerous children’s races, side stalls and other attractions. Finally there was a barbecue, disco and tug of war.

Festival Secretary Anna Sutcliffe, told the Courier: “We have had another very successful village occasion and we are overwhelmed by all the support given to this lovely family event. The generosity of the local community and local businesses means that we can deliver an action packed,fun-filled day for all to enjoy.

“The festival could not happen without all the volunteers who do their bit and on behalf of the Festival Committee I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved.”

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