Fun shines on park picnic

Spencer McGuinness-Yardley, seven, Zara King, three and Olivia King at the Astley Park Picnic in the park event
Spencer McGuinness-Yardley, seven, Zara King, three and Olivia King at the Astley Park Picnic in the park event

Thousands of people turned out at Chorley’s Astley Park for a day of fun activities.

The Picnic in the Park event on Saturday saw street theatre, sporting activities, and a chance to tour the town’s historic Astley Hall, as well as a visit from popular children’s cartoon characters Ben and Holly.

In a contrast to last year’s wash-out, the weather was dry for most of the day, which bosses at Chorley Council said helped to make the event a huge success.

Coun Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “It was great to see so many families enjoying themselves.

“After the weekend was kicked off by the excitement of the Olympic Torch coming to Chorley, it was great to be able to put on a free day of entertainment for local people to come and enjoy.

“As ever, the cartoon characters proved really popular with the children, and the adults were kept entertained by the street theatre, which captured audiences in the Walled Garden.”

The Picnic in the Park is now in its fourth year, and this year made up part of the borough’s Jubilee weekend celebrations, with many of the sporting activities based on an Olympic theme.

Coun Bradley said: “I really enjoyed the day, and I hope everyone who came along did, too.

“We’ve got some great places to visit in the borough, and events like this serve to highlight how lucky we are, with the beautiful parks and open spaces we have.

“It’s been a tremendous weekend with the Olympic Torch, Picnic in the Park, Civic Sunday and all the street parties that were taking place in the borough.”