Excitement is mounting as final preparations are made for one of the town’s biggest events of the year - Longridge Field Day 2015.
All the fun kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday with the procession led, as always, by Longridge Band, following its usual route from the civic hall with a left turn into Berry Lane, right at the top at Market Place, right down Kestor Lane, right at Stonebridge roundabout, right along Derby Road and right again into Berry Lane, returning to the civic before everyone moves across to the recreation ground for an afternoon packed full of fun.
But prior to this, an 11th hour plea is being made by organisers for anyone at all who can come forward to help out on the day.
Volunteers are asked to send a message via Facebook www.facebook.com/longridgefieldday group; email email@example.com or go to the field day raffle tent at 10.30am on the day. Food and other refreshments will be provided for all who can spare a bit of time.
The colourful parade will include classic cars and motorcycles, decorated floats and facny dress, queens and retinues and more. There are prizes for the best floats and fancy dress and the “rec” will also host the fair, open from noon, stalls and displays as well as the scarecrow competition, with children’s and adults’ categories and all entries should be taken along for 10am on the day.
Particularly excited about field day is queen elect 11-year-old Lucie Readman, a pupil of St Cecilia’s, who will be accompanied by attendants Annie Croasdale, Willow Donnachie, Daniella Riley, Gracie Croasdale, Lily Hans, Ellie Stapley, Megan Williams, Kitty Mercer and Lucy Woodburn.
When Lucie, who is a server, reader and junior choir helper at St Paul’s Church and loves listening to music, cooking with her mum and helping with her little brother Ollie is crowned queen, which she is really looking forward to, she follows in sister Naomi’s footsteps, who was queen in 2012.
Although subject to change, the afternoon’s timings are as follows: 1.45am – Crowning of Lucie Readman, 2pm - Longridge Gym Club, 2.30pm – fancy dress judging, 3pm – Janet Sutcliffe’s School of Dance, 3.30pm – Brigade Band, 3.45pm – Vibes Dance Group, 4pm – Football Competition Semi-finals and Finals, 5pm - Raffle draw.
Longridge Field Day President Bill Houghton says: “Let’s hope we have a fine day for the event so we may enjoy being out in the open enjoying what promises to be a super show with many stalls on the field, the funfair and displays by our local young boys and girls. Hope to see you there.”