LEYLAND Festival has been postponed due to flooding in Worden Park, but the first ever Leyland Live will go ahead as planned.

The decision to rearrange the event was taken by the Leyland Festival Committee on Friday lunchtime, after water flooded the footpaths at the award-winning park following a morning downpour. With more torrential rain forecast over the weekend, it became clear that the safety – not to mention the enjoyment - of participants and visitors could not be guaranteed if the outdoor activities went ahead.

The weekend’s first ever Leyland Live – an extravaganza of music and live entertainment throughout the town – will go ahead as planned, with all wristbands valid for Friday and Saturday nights’ performances. Tickets bought for Leyland Festival will be accepted for the rearranged dates.

Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble Borough Council’s cabinet member with responsibility 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.

“It’s been an incredibly wet summer, and it’s a real shame that it also put paid to the Symphony at the Tower earlier this week, which was in aid of one of our Mayor’s charities, St Catherine’s Hospice.

“We’re determined to reschedule for later in the summer, when we can have the great festival that everyone wants, rather than a muddy washout. The council and our friends on the Leyland Festival Committee will be speaking to everyone involved over the next few weeks.

“In the meantime, I hope everyone in town for Leyland Live has a brilliant weekend.”