What a fabulous field day!

The sun shone and the band played on, helping to make Forton’s 2013 Field Day one to remember.

The whole village and many visitors turned out to watch the lunch-time procession led by Darwen Brass. The parade included the new and retiring rose queens plus other local festival “royalty”and fancy dress entrants.

Forton Field Day.'Youngsters from Stepping Stones Forton Pre School on their animal themed float.

Forton Field Day.'Youngsters from Stepping Stones Forton Pre School on their animal themed float.

Lucy Physick, the rose queen for 2013, was crowned by retiring queen Eve Taylor on the village playing fields, before the afternoon’s entertainment began.

Traditional games and side shows, such as a coconut shy and 10-pin bowling. as well as modern attractions proved popular.

The afternoon event concluded with culminated with children’s races, an “extremely competitive” mums’ and dads’ race and the traditional tug of war – won once again by the ladies.

An evening barbecue and disco provided a fitting climax to the day. On Sunday the celebrations concluded with a special thanksgiving service at St James, Shireshead, for the rose queen and the village.

Competition Winners

Miniature Gardens: 1, Rosie Thompson; 2, Elena O’Reilly; 3, Katie Dent.

School and Pre-school art competitions : 1, Ethan Vernan; 2, Annabel (aged 2); 3, Katie (aged 3).

Forton Primary School: “Abstracts” by Class 1: 1, Elena O’Reilly ; 2, John Slater; 3, Christopher Alford.

“Mini-beasts” by Class 2: 1, Richard Prest; 2, Daisy Blewitt; 3, Aiden Weir

“The Boats – Van Gogh” by Class 3: 1, Harri Noon; 2,Jack Nickson-Graham; 3, Rhys Davies.

“Wind in the Willows” by Class 4: 1, Lucy Physick; 2, Rhiann Bevan; 3, Ella Bookless

Fancy dress: Under 2, Eva Brown. Under 3, Bella and Sophia Davey and Grace Sharp. Under 4, Grace Walling. Under 5, Angel Skirving. Under 6, Sally and Henry Flude. Under 7, Daniel Osbourne. Under 8, Charles Henderson and Catherine Ellison. Under 9: Jemima Pomfret. Under 10: Matthew Osbourne. Under 11: Thomas Ellison.

Groups: “Forton’s Future Strongmen” Max Askew, Jack Nickson-Graham, Callum Weir and James Physick.