ORGANISERS of Leyland Festival are looking forward to break before starting preparations for next year’s event.

Thousands of visitors lined the streets of Leyland to see the festival parade spread a carnival atmosphere through the town.

Floats, bands and walking groups organised by local businesses, charities and community groups were inspired by the festival’s ‘musicals’ theme.

The vehicle parade was bigger and better this year, with an eclectic mix of old and new. Spectators were treated to an array of rare, unusual and eye-catching vehicles with everything from a Tuk Tuk to the latest Lamborghini and Ferrari supercars.

On Worden Park visitors were treated to a huge selection of entertainment and activities for all the family and there were hundreds of organisations involved, all providing something different for families to enjoy.

Kevin Simm’s headline performance topped off an amazing line-up of local talent. This year there were three stages – the main stage, acoustic stage and afternoon tea stage. Each had a completely different vibe for people to enjoy.

The Paws in the Park dog show was a highlight for many once again, as was the growing festival car show ‘Cars in the Park’.

Organisers were delighted with the day, “We were thrilled to welcome so many people to this year’s Leyland Festival, especially given the unkind weather. But the rain didn’t dampen the festival spirit one bit!” said Tony Harrison, Leyland Festival Committee chairman.

He added: “Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces and laughter, people making memories with their families and friends that they will cherish. All the many hours of planning and preparation are worth it when you see the joy Leyland Festival brings to so many people.

“There are so many people to thank, my fellow committee members, our sponsors, all the businesses, organisations and individuals who take part on the day, South Ribble Borough Council and our amazing volunteers.

“We are incredibly proud of what we achieve with Leyland Festival. It is a celebration of everything that is good in our community and an opportunity for us to share that with visitors from near and far.”