ORGANISERS of the Leyland Festival are determined to make this year’s event their best yet.

Local lad Kevin Simm will return to his home town as the headline act for the event in Worden Park on June 15.

The former Liberty X star, who also won The Voice in 2016 and is currently touring with Wet Wet Wet as lead vocalist, said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at Leyland Festival. It was always a day I really looked forward to growing up in Leyland. I have very fond memories of being on one of the floats with the Beavers and my grandad driving the lorry.

“It was always a special day out, and I’m really excited to be part of it this year.”

Martin Carlin from Peppermint Cottage, a bespoke furniture business in Leyland, is a volunteer on the Festival committee and is the man who brings all of the live music offering together.

He said: “It’s brilliant that Kevin is going to headline this year’s Festival. He’s a local lad, so he understands what Leyland Festival means to the community.

“We work really hard to grow and improve the festival each year, and we think having someone of Kevin’s calibre performing live for our visitors really takes us to the next level.

“We’re sure visitors will join us from all over the North West to enjoy the fun of our family festival and be entertained by our stellar line-up of live music performers.” Organisers have issued an appeal for volunteers and community groups to help out.

Leyland Festival committee chairman Tony Harrison said: “Leyland Festival is a celebration of community spirit and each year the committee is overwhelmed by the generosity and enthusiasm of local people to help us make Festival day a huge success.

“We need volunteers to help us with a variety of different roles on the day. Some people and groups help us all day, others help for a few hours in the morning or afternoon and then enjoy the rest of festival day with their families. We appreciate every hour that people can spare us, whatever time they can give.”

The ever-popular festival parade will convene at the McDonalds roundabout at the bottom of Hough Lane at noon and process right through the town centre arriving at Worden Park at approximately 12.45pm, where the fun continues with live music, vintage, classic and supercar car show, Paws in the Park dog show, sports area, stalls, food and drink, entertainment and much more.

If you are interested in volunteering email festival@southribble.gov.uk