The sun smiled down on Churchtown and District Children’s Whitsuntide Festival on Saturday.
The procession was led by the popular Churchtown Boddington Bells Morris Men, who entertained the crowds along the route and on the festival field with their amusing dancing including their very own take on Gangnam Style.
They were followed in the procession by the Silver Bell Brass Band, retiring festival queen Molly Crook and the new queen Freya Monks and their retinues, then by the dignitaries, local organisations, visiting queens and their retinues, Red Rose Jazz Band, floats and fancy dress entries, and Batala Samba Band.
There followed a short service at St Helen’s Church led by the Rev Andrew Wilkinson.
The procession then returned to the field, where Rev Wilkinson opened the festival and Anita Southworth crowned the new queen.
During the afternoon refreshments were served in the village hall and there was plenty of fun on the festival field, with children’s races, a bouncy castle and slide, donkey rides, face painting, stalls, tombola and games. New for this year there was hamster racing and Zorb balls.
There was a good turn out of teams to represent their schools in a football competition, with St Thomas CE Primary School winning the final against Garstang Community Primary B team. Queen Freya presented trophies to the winners and runners-up.
The day concluded with an al fresco family disco on the memorial hall field with a pie and peas supper.
The committee would like to thank Darrel Edwards for his witty and entertaining commentary throughout the day into the evening and everyone who contributed to the festival in any way. The day would not have been possible without the support of so many individuals and businesses.
Judges Susan Wareing and Louise Palmer presented the certificates, prizes and trophies.
Motorised tableaux: 1, Kirkland St Helen’s School and Jellybeans Nursery – pirate ship; 2,Kirkland Bridge Nursery –very hungry caterpillar; 3, Little Ducklings Nursery – Fireman Sam. The 175th Anniversary Cup for best overall tableaux: Kirkland St Helen’s School & Jellybeans Nursery – pirate ship Bill Patterson Cup for most original float: St Michael’s School - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Fancy dress winners, under 10s: 1, P J & Duncan – James and Chloe Bush; 2, Tour de Churchtown –Ann Wilkinson, Lucy Treadell, Thomas & Luke Hayton.Over 10s: 1, Churchtown Cycling team- Chapman-Foxes and Dempseys; 2, Horsemeat Findus – John and Abbie Bell. Bert Sharples Trophy for best overall fancy dress: Churchtown Cycling team – Chapman-Foxes and Dempseys.
Prize for best visiting queen: Nateby Jennifer Walton and her beautifully dressed retinue.