Rain scuppers park fun

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'Enjoying the sunshine at the Cuerden Valley Fair held in Cuerden Valley Parlk, near Leyland, 3 year old Isabella Stansfield of Whittle le Woods on the Active Nation play area

PHOTO : DAVID HURST'Enjoying the sunshine at the Cuerden Valley Fair held in Cuerden Valley Parlk, near Leyland, 3 year old Isabella Stansfield of Whittle le Woods on the Active Nation play area

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A popular fair has been cancelled due to the wet weather.

Organisers of Cuerden Valley Fair, which attracts more than 4,000 visitors every year, has been cancelled because the site is waterlogged.

It was due to be held at Cuerden Valley Park, Bamber Bridge, this Saturday.

Jim Longbottom, park manager, said: “It’s a major blow financially to cancel the fair but unfortunately the weather is beyond our control.”

The event is a major fundraiser for the park which costs Cuerden Valley Park Trust £250,000 a year to run.

Mr Longbottom said: “Lancashire has seen one the wettest springs on record. We were forced into the decision to cancel the fair when we found the car park field resembling a paddy field and the fair site extremely boggy underfoot.

“With heavy rains forecast there was no chance for the ground to dry out and basically we had to write the fair off before we paid out any more money to hire in equipment.”

Families from across the county were looking forward to enjoying activities including woodland crafts, music, food and craft marquees, farm animals and displays including mountain rescue dogs and falconry.

Mr Longbottom added: “The trust relies on events and donations for the upkeep of the park. We just have to put this behind us now and look forward to the beer festival which will be in our walled orchard June 15 to 17.”

A spokesman for the Met Office said Lancashire saw 98.1mm of rain in April, 50% more than average. During the first half of May, there has been 54.3mm.

The forecast this Saturday is for dry spells with rain expected first thing in the morning. And for Sunday, he said there will be bright spells with some cloud.

In April, a dog show due to be held at the park also had to be called off due to the wet and windy weather.