PHEW! Weren't we lucky with the weather? This was the verdict in Grimsargh on Saturday after the annual field day was hailed "the best ever".
Despite torrential downpours as organisers set up and then dismantled the field, Grimsargh Field Day's main events were blessed with sunshine.
"We were so lucky, I think someone was looking after us," said field day chairman, Carly Callon. "It really was an absolutely fantastic day.
"The sun did shine and everything went sowell.Peoplehavebeensayingit was the best ever, that it even beat last year."
"We were on the field in the morning setting up when the heavens opened, but luckily it cleared up and the procession and afternoon's events all went ahead until the second to last song of the day by Revival at about 5.15pm when it started to pour again and we had to clear up in the rain."
It was a proud moment all round as the colourful and lengthy procession started tomake itswaythroughthe village in the early afternoon,watched by hundreds of folk lining the route.
Grimsargh rose queen elect, Ella Burton and her 17-strong retinue, together with the entourages of retiring Grimsargh rose queen Freya Whelan and the Longridge and Goosnargh and Whittingham queens, looked stunning and there was much to admire.
Fancy dress and decorated float entrants had conjured up all kinds of themes, such as The Knights of Nook Crescent; The Rocky Monster Show;
Postman Patand Thomas the Tank Engine; Spring Watch; the Brownies 'On
Safari'; Old Macdonald's Farm; Mini Beasts and a Pyjama Party.
The Greater Manchester Pipe Band; Anthony Cowell's steam engine; a number of vintage cars and the Gold Wings' motorcyclists also helped to boost the procession, prior to an action-packed afternoon of fun on the village green, following the official opening and crowning of Ella, by Freya.
There was something for everyone to enjoy. including the popular football competition, climbing wall, obstacle course and dog show.There was also a circus workshop, an assortment of bands playing a variety of music, the new farmers' market marquee, barbecue, fun fair and The Great Balloon Race.
While Carly says she would like to thank all who contributed to the field day's success – too numerous to mention – she pays special tribute to Grimsargh Club who fund-raise for the field day throughout the year and held a raffle during the evening of field day. She would also like to thank the committee; the helpers who turned up on the day; Anthony Cowell for providing his organ, steam engine and caravan;
Eileen Murray for refreshments cooked in the early morning rain; Brown's of Grimsargh; the judges and Mrs Wild for the use of her water supply.
Planning will now get underway for next year's event, but Carly says this year's field day will be hard to beat.