Sun shines on Bilsborrow Belles

Bilsborrow Belles at the Bilsborrow Children's festival June 2015
Bilsborrow Belles at the Bilsborrow Children's festival June 2015

Bilsborrow was full of smiles, laughter and sunshine as villagers came together for Children’s Festival and Village Fun Day.

The opening procession from the Village Hall to St. Hilda’s Parish Church was led by the excellent Poulton-le-Fylde Brass Band, who added Up Town Funk to their playlist, much to the crowds delight.

The band led the way for the Queens and retinues who were followed by the guests of honour. The beautiful Bilsborrow Belles danced and smiled all the way along the route, entertaining the large numbers of spectators.

This year’s 1980s themed festival involved Fledglings Nursery and children of the village, in neon tutus, headbands and dancing along to memorable hits from a “ghetto blaster.”

John Cross School and Cock Robin Nursery had some new playmates in the form of Owd Nell and Guy from Guy’s Thatched Hamlet.

The Bilsborrow Young Farmers also joined the parade and finished the procession off in excellent style.

After a lovely service, led by Mrs Delphine Burn, the procession continued to the church field where the new Queen, Sophie Green, was crowned by Mrs Melanie Lawrenson.

This year was a family affair with Sophie’s sister Ellie the retiring Queen. Ellie gave a delightful speech about her time in office and thanked everyone for their support.

The Bilsborrow Belles danced and entertained the crowds and then the children’s sports began. Between races, there was much to entertain the large numbers enjoying the day; with children’s entertainment, bouncy castles, climbing wall, coconut shy, donkey rides, and many other side stalls.

The day ended with a very enjoyable BBQ and Family Disco, including tug-of-war and an all stars football match.

Secretary of the Festival, Anna Sutcliffe,said: “We have had another very successful village occasion and the unexpected weather added to the enjoyment of the event for everyone. 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.”

Sports results

Age group winners:

Age2-3 girls – Lily Bailey

Age 2-3 boys – William Robinson

Age 4-5 girls – Daisy Robinson

Age 4-5 boys – Liam English

Age 6-7 girls – Martha Thornton

Age 6-7 boys – Ryan Shorrock

Age 8-9 girls – Eliza Thornton

Age 8-9 boys – James English

Age 10-11 girls – Orla McShannon

Age 10-11 boys – Harry Robinson

Age 12-13 girls – Rosalind Gornall

Age 12-13 boys – Kyle Robinson

Age 14-15 girls – Emily Tallentire

Age 14-15 boys – Aidan Rigby-Bonnar

Sports Trophy winners:

Jack Butler Memorial Trophy – William and Daisy Robinson

Charles Robinson Trophy – Martha Thornton

Junior Sports Trophy – Eliza Thornton

Brock Sports Trophy – Emily Tallentire

Junior Village Marathon:

1st Samuel Thornton

Senior Village Marathon:

1st Stuart Southward

Fancy dress

John Stuart Trophy was awarded to St. George – Katie Irwin

Wyre Borough Jubilee Cup was awarded to Ant and Dec Saturday Night Takeaway – The Robinson Boys