Celebration themed Goosnargh and Whittingham festival ball was great success

From l-r: Hannah Chadwick, Grace Chadwick, who sang at the ball, Michelle Hennesey and Louise Chadwick.
From l-r: Hannah Chadwick, Grace Chadwick, who sang at the ball, Michelle Hennesey and Louise Chadwick.

Supporters and friends of Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival gathered in force for the second annual festival ball.

Themed “Celebration” in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday, special guests were welcomed by MC Harry Landless after an introduction by festival chairman David Butters.

Dedicated festival supporters Be Thiele and Louise Chadwick were celebrating birthdays at the ball and newlyweds Tim and Sophie Butters were attending their first event as husband and wife having returned from their honeymoon on Capri just the day before.

Tim designed and manages the festival website and Sophie was an official photographer on festival day.

Harry also raised a toast to “absent friends”, thinking in particular of Goosnargh farmer Reg Johnson to whose memory all this year’s festival events have been dedicated, also welcoming members of his family, as always giving their support to a community event.

Held at Garstang’s Wyrebank, the venue reflected the celebration theme, being bedecked with huge cerise and silver pom poms, tables continuing the theme in cerise and green with “candy cane” favours and the atmosphere of friendliness provided by the guests, ranging in age from 18 to 93, making for a superb evening.

The Wyrebank chef ensured all guests were more than happy with his “roast beef and Yorkshire pud” based menu and festival secretary Stephanie Butters says “thanks go to the wonderful Wyrebank staff, who attended immediately to all requests, “for refills mostly!”

She said: “Entertainment began with a very moving sequence of songs performed by Grace Chadwick and then DJ Rob Harris presided over a vibrant dance floor. The focus was more on ‘fun’ than ‘fundraising’ but, of course, we were there for a purpose.

“All profits from the ball are dedicated to renewing the festival’s stock of outdoor seating, purchased well over 20 years ago from the former Whittingham Hospital, and now sadly rusting.”

During the course of the evening Stephanie said auction items, very kindly donated by George Banks Jewellers; Haighton Manor; the

Chadwick and Landless families and Wyrebank were skilfully despatched by Harry and Caroline Landless and the auction, together with profit from ticket sales and the raffle, etc raised a fabulous total of £1,841.

She added huge thanks should go to everyone who supported the ball in any way and says the village community can now look forward to a more comfortable festival day 2017, on Saturday, June 3.