Children's fancy dress competition down on the farm

Coronation Street actor Liam Bairstow.
Coronation Street actor Liam Bairstow.

Coronation Street actor Liam Bairstow will be joined by the Mayor and Mayoress of Ribble Valley, Coun. Joyce Holgate and Debra Holgate, to judge the children’s fancy dress competition at a countryside event at Mrs Dowsons Farm in Clayton-le-Dale.

Liam is the first actor with down syndrome to land a lead role in the soap.

The event, from midday until 4pm tomorrow (Sunday) is to raise funds for local group, Adam’s Activity Ark and Mencap. And for one day only admission to Mrs Dowsons is free!

There will be craft stalls selling homemade preserves, confectionery, bric-a-brac and sweets. There will also be a tombola and a raffle.

Children are invited to come along in fancy dress in the hope of winning a £20 voucher for Smyths toy superstore and for those who would like to assume a new identity there is a face painting stand. Children can also try their hand at hook a duck and planting their own sunflowers.

A treasure hunt, also with a £20 Smyths voucher up for grabs, will be part of the day’s activities and farming staff will be on hand to talk to visitors about the farm and upcoming summer events. Photo opportunities on board a tractor and trailer and in the small animal centre will also feature.

Light lunches, cooked on the farm and Mrs Dowsons ice cream will be available throughout the day.

Ellen Pope, training manager at Adam’s Activity Ark, said: “The members of our group are over the moon to welcome Liam to their event. They already feel inspired after watching him on television and can’t wait to meet him in real life.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Eric and Amanda Dowson for allowing us to hold our event on the farm and to local restaurants, pubs, shops and other businesses for supporting us in our efforts.”