Villagers turned out in style to ensure Ribchester’s 55th annual field day was a fabulous affair.
They were determined not to let rain stop play as a colourful parade, accompanied by three bands, wound its way round the village’s streets on Saturday (June 20th).
Ribchester Morris dancers also took part in the parade, which featured entries ranging from giant themed floats to individual fancy dress.
A new addition this year was a man on giant stilts – Dangerous Steve – addressing the crowds in his role as Major Long, he later performed stunts in the arena.
The parade was followed by the crowning of Field Day Queen Danielle Jackson, by retiring queen Millie Clash at the village’s recreation ground.
Danielle’s attendants were Madison Kilshaw-Seal, Abigail Cronshaw, Alice Walsh, Lily Whiteside, Tianie Riding and page boys were Finley Bretherton and William Jackson.
There was plenty to entertain visitors including side stalls, a marquee with numerous competitive classes and eye-catching displays by RAGS (The Ribchester Allotment and Garden Society), the WI, Ribchester Tennis Club and the Ribchester Festival, as well as a bumper tombola.
Field Day Chairman David Smith thanked everyone for their support and attendance and declared: “The parade was fantastic and I applaud every single person who entered. Clearly, a wonderful lot of planning has gone in.”
He urged everyone to ignore the weather and carry on enjoying Field day ...and they did just that.
The refreshment tent was well stocked with home-made cakes and biscuits and a pop up pizza stand also sustained Field Day goers. The day time entertainments culminated in well contested children’s races.
The parade was fantastic and I applaud every single person who entered. Clearly, a wonderful lot of planning has gone in.Field Day Chairman David Smith
In the evening there was a family night out with ceilidh band “Frolicking Pete and the Fumbling Fingers”. Sunday saw a more leisurely pace with an afternoon tea party for village residents. The weekend events had opened with a Friday night curtain raiser – a cabaret performance entitled “It’s That Show Again” by locally founded theatre company Ribcaged, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Planning will start soon for next year’s event and anyone interested in joining the Field Day Committee should contact the Chairman.