A groundswell of support from Grimsargh has led to high hopes the village field day will continue after organisers described Saturday’s event as a “fabulous day”.
Pleas for help have led to a couple of people joining the field committee; record numbers turned out to help set up; huge crowds supported the procession and field events; there were record fancy dress entries and a number of other people have offered help for the future.
A long-standing field day committee member said: “It was a fabulous field day for Grimsargh and I am confident it will continue. It is part of the culture of the village. Although the skies were a little grey, this did nothing to dampen the atmosphere. A record number of helpers converged on the field at 7am to help the committee assemble stages, gazebos and tents.
“Nicky Baylis, retiring chair of the committee, was delighted by the impressive turn-out of Grimsargh folk who volunteered their services. Spirits were high, as young and old wrestled with the complexities of assembling the WI tea tent and various other stalls. Helpers, ably directed by Penny Thompson, decorated the main stage with a beautiful assortment of flowers and bows in the powder blue theme of this year’s rose queen, Emily Lee’s retinue.
“The stage was set for a wonderful field day and so it was to be. The procession wove its way down Preston Road and what a procession it was! There was a record number of fancy dress entrants and floats, vintage cars, retinues from neighbouring villages, bands and floats. Twenty-seven scarecrows also lined the streets, adding to the carnival atmosphere. Local dignitaries led the way and once Alice Cowell, the retiring rose queen, had crowned Emily, the festivities began.
“Master of ceremonies, Kevan Thompson, kept the audience well informed about what was happening on the field and there was certainly plenty to entertain the crowd. A wide variety of stalls, mouth-watering refreshments, children’s and adults’ races, competitions, fun-fair rides and, of course, the famous Grimsargh Dog Show meant there was something for everyone. On the second stage, the audience was royally entertained by The Camdens and the glorious voice of Grace Davies, a talented young singer from the Ribble Valley.”
But there was a certain poignancy to the proceedings, as this was Nicky’s final field day, after seven years of chairing the committee with “enthusiasm and dedication” said the spokesperson, adding: “Commendably, though, she has committed to organising the field day ball on Saturday, September 28, but sadly this will be her last event.”
“After Saturday’s success, the committee is really hopeful field day will continue, and although Nicky has left almost impossibly big shoes to fill, if you would like to get involved and would consider joining the committee, please call Jayne Woollam on 704112 or 07749934208.” Tickets for the ball are available from Nicky on 07902112877.
For more photos and results see pages 40&41.