Plenty of sun as big crowds enjoy town’s festival

Photo: David Hurst'Churchtown and District Chidrens Festival. 'Churchtown incoming Queen, Ellie Singleton
Photo: David Hurst'Churchtown and District Chidrens Festival. 'Churchtown incoming Queen, Ellie Singleton
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Churchtown and District Children’s Whitsuntide Festival kicked off the first of the summer gala events with a splash of sunshine.

Crowds descended on the playing fields for the day of festivities and to watch the annual procession of tableaux and crowning of the 2015 Churchtown Queen Ellie Singleton.

Churchtown Boddington Bells Morris Men entertained the crowds along the route with their amusing dancing, followed by the Red Rose Jazz Band, retiring Queen Eleanor Mason and then Ellie and the retinues.

A number of dignitaries, local organisations, visiting Queens and fancy dress entries also turned out to join the celebrations.

A short service led by Rev Andrew Wilkinson at St Helen’s church was held before the procession returned to the playing fields and Michelle Southern carried out the crowning of the new Queen.

There festival-goers were entertained with a bouncy castle and slide, zorb balls, donkey rides, stalls, tombola and games.

The day concluded with an al fresco family disco on the Memorial Hall field with a pie and peas supper.

Spokesperson and committee member Amanda Hall said: “During the afternoon the sun continued to shine. Refreshments were served in the village hall and there was plenty of fun on the festival field.

“The UCLan samba band entertained the crowds with their upbeat music.

“There was a good turn out of local schools football teams in a football competition with St Thomas’ CE Primary school winning in the final match against SS Mary and Michael school’s team.

“The Committee would like to thank the fantastic Darrel Edwards for his excellent commentary throughout the day and 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.”