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A war theme for popular festival

Lorraine Pooley and Hilary Hawron, from Brinscall Festival committee, as land girls

Lorraine Pooley and Hilary Hawron, from Brinscall Festival committee, as land girls

 

Land girls and evacuees will descend on a Chorley village this weekend as Brinscall Festival returns with a First World War theme.

People are being encouraged to dress up and join the fun at the popular event, which is being held on Saturday.

Lorraine Pooley, from the festival committee, said: “The theme of World War I is in remembrance of the soldiers that fought for us and many died as a result, but also remembering how communities came together to support each other during this time.”

The traditional procession starts at 12.45pm at St Joseph’s Church, Withnell, and will be led by Coppull Brass Band.

Play groups, schools, the Royal British Legion and other organisations will be involved in the parade as it makes its way towards Brinscall’s cricket field and arrives at 1.45pm.

Those already at the field can enjoy fairground rides from 12.45pm, as well as a football exhibition match and penalty shoot-out from 1pm.

Sporty visitors can take part in the children’s races at 2.30pm or the 42nd annual Brinscall fell race at 3pm.

The day also includes a raffle, samba band and plenty of stalls.

In the evening, a family night will be held at the cricket club with performances by artists Caitlin Bannister and Becky Chamberlain.

Programmes are for sale in advance or visitors can pay on the day.

 

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