Hundreds turned out to watch Garstang Children’s Festival

Festival Queen Laura Addison is crowned by retiring Festival Queen Natassja Hodgson
Festival Queen Laura Addison is crowned by retiring Festival Queen Natassja Hodgson

Crowds lined the streets of Garstang on Bank Holiday Monday for the biggest event in the town’s summer calendar, Garstang and District Children’s Festival.

The weather may have left something to be desired, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the hundreds of children who took part.

Tableaux from schools and local organisations, accompanied by marching bands and dancers, paraded twice round town, to cheers from hundreds of people who had turned out to watch.

Rain began just in time for the crowning of Festival Queen 14-year-old Laura Addison at the Market Cross, and although the parade went ahead, most of the afternoon events and the evening procession were cancelled, along with the fancy dress competition.

The football semi-finals and final were played in the afternoon, in the rain.

Prizes and rosettes for tableaux were presented in Thomas’ Parish Hall by Garstang Mayor Chris Ryan and his consort Robyn Halford.

Spokesman David Lewis said it was the first time in around 30 years that the evening parade had to be cancelled.

“We had to take into account the safety aspect of playing some of the games in the afternoon, and also the fact that we didn’t want small children on the tableaux shivering in the cold and wet for the evening procession,” he said.

“Everyone understood about the cancellations, and they did at least manage to play the football and netball competitions.

“The quality of the tableaux was amazing. We had around 18 floats, but some schools which used to enter who had entered one and made it much larger.”