The crowds, the sun and a fabulous parade crowned Longridge Field Day as one of the best in recent years – and it was achieved through the unremitting hard work by its committee, supporters and volunteers.
As Field Day president Bill Houghton hints in his letter of thanks (page 6), the amazingly detailed and colourful floats and walking tableaux could not have been created without the help of the town’s parents and families, schools and churches, organisations and clubs.
Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on the parade, led through bunting-filled streets by Longridge Band and the many classic and vintage cars plus Gold Wing bikes.
Brigade, jazz and pipe bands kept everyone in step and on to the Recreation Ground and field events.
In her inimitable style, compere Irene Reid drew three-deep crowds around the ring to cheer on several displays including Longridge Gym Club, Janet Sutcliffe School of Dance, Brian’s owls and the fancy dress parade –with the main starting point being the crowning of Field Day Queen Elisha Fleet by retiring queen Melody Golder.
Refreshments on the field were once again supplied by Churches Together in Longridge, and newcomers to the parade and as stallholders were members of the Save Longridge team, who would like to thank all who assisted with their successful presentation and gave donations. Team members Jeff Seel and Rosemary Beecham won the senior fancy dress as Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally.
Bill Houghton also thanks the Longridge community for turning out and supporting the event. He adds: “This is what is important and makes us all feel proud to live in Longridge.”