CHARITY: Victorian fairground will help Child Action Northwest

Victorian themed fund day for Child Action North West
Victorian themed fund day for Child Action North West

A traditional fairground will transport families to Victorian times this summer to raise funds for local children and young people in need.

Oswaltwistle Mills is hosting the vintage themed family fun day, complete with a fortune teller, Punch and Judy, peep show, donkey rides and even a circus ring, to be held on Father’s Day.

It will be based on an annual event called Pound Day, which began over 120 years ago at Blackburn Orphanage, now known as Child Action Northwest. Pound Day was revived last summer in the grounds of the Ribble Valley-based charity’s headquarters in Wilpshire, thanks to grant support and stewardship from members of the East Lancashire Masonic Charity.

Other attractions this year include a Victorian photography studio, a life-sized “pin the tail on Ponto the orphanage donkey” sideshow, a helter skelter, waltzer style rides, ice cream parlour and a magicians’ Bunco booth.

The Pound Day tradition originated in June, 1892, when the public was asked for donations of a pound in cash, or for those that could not afford it a pound weight of sugar, flour or any other useful item that the orphanage could use.

Fund-raising Manager, Harriet Roberts explained: “We’re delighted to be taking Pound Day on tour thanks to the generous sponsorship from Oswaldtwistle Mills and on-going support from the ELMC, which has allowed as to plan an event on a much larger scale.”

Boyd Hargreaves, managing director of Oswaldtwistle Mills, added: “ Sunday the 16th of June is Father’s Day and we hope that this event will be a unique and memorable way for families to spend time together, and all in aid of good cause.”