Forton’s fun day for all the family

Photo Neil Cross'Queen Abbie Wilkinson and her retinue at Forton Field Day
Photo Neil Cross'Queen Abbie Wilkinson and her retinue at Forton Field Day

Forton residents enjoyed all the fun of Field Day at the weekend. The sun shone on the 64th annual event which featured the crowning of new Rose Queen Abbie Wilkinson, a men v. ladies tug of war, a colourful fancy dress parade, craft and art entries and children’s races

Abbie was accompanied by a retinue comprising Olivia Killaway, Alisha Hodgson, Amelia Killaway, Katie Brown, Grace Walling, Aiden Weir, Tom Craig and Abbie’s younger sister Emily Visiting queens from surrounding villages also attended.

Fancy dress entrants ranged from “Scooby Doo” to an “Under The Sea” float.

Representatives from Forton Churches Together, the WI. scouts, cubs, Beavers and Brownies and Stepping Stones all joined the parade to follow Darwen Brass around the village to the playing fields. Mrs Jill Cross was responsible for the Forton queen and retinue’s outfits.

Retiring queen Ellen Oliver thanked her parents and her retinue and their families for their support over the last year before crowning Abbie. Prizes were awarded for the fancy dress, pre-school and school art competitions and craft classes. The craft contest featured a politician in the form of a mug or teapot. Judges Stephen and Ruth Hunt and Jimmy and Yvonne Rogerson praised the very high standard of entries, especially those in the art section.

A variety of side stalls and games kept all age groups entertained throughout the afternoon as tea, sandwiches and home-made cakes were served in the bowling green pavilion.

The fun continued late into the evening with a family BBQ and disco at the village hall. On Sunday morning, Abbie and her retinue attended Shireshead St. James for the traditional post- field day church service where they were all presented with commemorative mugs.

When the congregation was asked to stand if anyone had ever received a Forton Field Day mug, about half the congregation stood up, confirming that local field days and village festivals have a long tradition here and are a much valued and loved part of this Lancashire village’s summer.