Children’s festival gears up

Photo Ian Robinson Garstang and District Children's Festival 2013 Cock Robin Pres School "Dingle Dangle Scarecrow"
Photo Ian Robinson Garstang and District Children's Festival 2013 Cock Robin Pres School "Dingle Dangle Scarecrow"

The bunting is out and as organisers of Garstang and District Children’s Festival put the final preparations together for Monday’s event all fingers are crossed for the weather to keep on side.

The festival committee this year welcomed a number of new members on-board to help with the historic occasion, an important fixture on the community calendar.

And chairman Julie Bell said the addition of new volunteers has helped the committed group explore new ideas to keep the visitors entertained.

She said: “We know we already have a very healthy number of tableaux signed up for the day with a brilliant array of themes.

“We are so lucky that people in the community are supportive of the festival, as many of you will know it takes a long time to produce the beautiful tableaux we see parading down the streets on the actual day.

“Thank you to all of you who support the festival in so many ways, we couldn’t do it without you.”

Last year the popular festival cost over £17,000, and was heavily disrupted by heavy downpours which led to attendance being reduced and afternoon activities called off.

And organisers are hoping to avoid cancellations of the parade which attracts people to the town from all over the county who donate to the event.

Committee member David Lewis added: “Apart from the disappointment for all 
involved, it also resulted in a major financial loss so we are very keen to get as many people attending the event as possible.”

Highlights of the day include the crowning of the fetival queen and parade,

There will also be performances by local bands and Garstang School of Gymnastics.

In the afternoon attention will switch to the Moss Lane playing fields with a host of attractions, children’s rides, bouncy castles and Punch and Judy shows and the children’s sports day.

All activities are free of charge so bring the little ones down for a great family day out.

Monday May 26

6am: Decorating the Market Cross.

10am: Procession starts to assemble.

11am: Crowning of the Festival Queen.

11.05am: Procession moves off, led by Morris Dancers.

Moss Lane Playing Fields

1.10 pm: Garstang School Of Gymnasium Display.

1.40 pm: Hyndburn Comets Display

2.00 pm: Children’s Sports (see page 9).

3.00 pm: Football (seven-a-side) semi finals

5.15 pm: Fancy Dress Entrants gather on playing field.

5.30 pm: Fancy Dress judging.

5.45 pm: Presentation of Tableaux prizes.

6.00 pm: Evening Procession led off by Morris Dancers.

7.00 pm: Presentation of Fancy Dress Prizes.

7.30 pm: Football (seven-a-side) Final.