Wildlife event was really a hoot, say hundreds of visitors

The mayor of Garstang Coun Chris Ryan with an owl at the rural and wildlife event on Saturday

The mayor of Garstang Coun Chris Ryan with an owl at the rural and wildlife event on Saturday

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The first ever Garstang Rural and Wildlife event was hailed a success after an estimated 1,000 people took time out to visit displays and chat to police and service providers.

The event, organised by the Garstang Millennium Green Trust and Garstang Neighbourhood Policing team boasted a host of attractions including a bird of prey display.

The Countryside Ranger service also attended and a dog chipping service was available on the day.

Some 25 canines queued up to be fitted with the tracking devices and other dog owners booked to take their pets to a chipping event in Fleetwood next month.

The event was officially opened by Supt Andy Webster, Garstang Mayor Chris Ryan (inset) and local councillor Lady Dulcie Atkins.

Coun Lady Atkins, who is also chairman of Garstang Millennium Green, said: “The event was a resounding success and enjoyed by all. “

Garstang PCSO(Police Community Support Officer) John Holland and PCSO Linda Stackhouse from Fleetwood also attended. Mr Holland said: “My fellow officers and I really enjoy engaging with the local community at events.”

Free doggy treat bags were also given out to the first 40 pet owners who attended.