Coronation Street actress visits Chatburn charity fun day

Brendan Brown and Andy Oliver perform the opening song of the bandstand marathon on Chatburn playing fields.

Brendan Brown and Andy Oliver perform the opening song of the bandstand marathon on Chatburn playing fields.

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coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh joined in the fun and helped raise money for charity at an afternoon of music and fun at Chatburn.

Crowds enjoy the sun and listen to the music at the bandstand marathon on Chatburn playing fields.

Crowds enjoy the sun and listen to the music at the bandstand marathon on Chatburn playing fields.

Julie, who plays Hayley Cropper in the soap, was star guest at the Bandstand Marathon event held on Chatburn Playing Fields.

The actress tried her hand at “wellie wanging”, throwing a wellington boot for distance, and won – by competing in the children’s class!

She also helped collect money for the Accrington-based Maundy Relief charity for people in distress. The bouncy castle providers Cheeky Chimps donated takings to the charity.

Paralympic torch bearer Lucy Priest, who lives in Chatburn, took along her souvenir torch for people to look at.

TORCH FUN: Paralympic torch bearer Lucy Priest, gig organiser Andy Oliver and celebrity visitor Julie Hesmondhalgh at Bandstand Marathon, Chatburn.

TORCH FUN: Paralympic torch bearer Lucy Priest, gig organiser Andy Oliver and celebrity visitor Julie Hesmondhalgh at Bandstand Marathon, Chatburn.

There were races, games, circus skills and trampolining in the family fun events organised by Chatburn Parish Council, helped by Chatburn Youth Forum, and the music gigs were organised by musician Andy Oliver.

Andy said: “The support from the parish council was unbelievable. We had up to 500 people there at the busiest part of the afternoon – much more than we’d expected given that it was organised at short notice.”

Music hits of the day were electronic/folk band Harp and the Monkey, with solo spots by Sara Creeney, Brendan Brown, Alex Danson and Mark Duckworth.

The fun day was part of Bandstand Marathon, a nationwide music event by volunteers to mark the end of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.