Popular events cancelled

Sand Bags on Church Street in Croston
Sand Bags on Church Street in Croston

Two much-anticipated events due to take place this weekend have been cancelled due to adverse weather.

Leyland Festival has been postponed and Euxton Gala Day has been cancelled as rain battered Chorley and South Ribble on Friday.

Euxton Gala Day was due to take place on Saturday and the Leyland Festival, which would have seen thousands turn out for two days of activities, now looks set to take place in September.

The decision was taken on Friday lunchtime by the Festival Committee, which is made up of members of the community and South Ribble Council, after a site visit to Worden Park showed it would be impossible to host the event there.

The playing fields were flooded, and although most of the attractions were set to take place under shelter, the grass was not fit for purpose.

Coun Phil Smith, the council’s cabinet for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “I’m terribly disappointed that this weekend’s festivities have had to be postponed, especially after all the hard work which has gone on for the last few months from right across the community.

“I’ve never seen Worden Park in this state before, and it looked like it was only going to get worse over the weekend.”

Elsewhere in Chorley, residents in Croston were forced to bring out sand bags as rising river levels threatened the village.

Have you been affected by the weather? Get in touch by emailing charlotte.wareing@lep.co.uk