Thousands of people enjoyed an amazing array of displays at the award-winning Chorley Flower Show at the weekend.

Visitors from across the North West and beyond descended upon Astley Park to see the country’s top exhibitors and enjoy a great day out for all generations of the family.

Famous faces dropped by to take a look around with comedian Dave Spikey dropping in to support the popular show that attracted exhibitors from as far away as Cornwall.

Cllr Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council, said: “It was another fantastic show with so many people commenting on how much they enjoyed it with lots of first-time visitors who said they were so impressed with Chorley that they will be coming back.

“We had some really wet weather with forecasters saying about half a month’s rainfall fell in a day but it didn’t stop people coming to support the show and I’d like to thank everyone who came along.

“We’ll be due some sunshine next year so put the dates in your diary the show is scheduled for August 1 and 2, next year.”

Organisers, Chorley Council estimated about 8,000 people visited over the weekend providing a boost to the local economy.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle attended the event and said that the weather did not dampen spirits.

He said: “Advanced ticket sales were up and show that it was bring people to the area despite heavy rain which is great.”

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s breast screening service was in full bloom as they picked up a silver award by judges for trying to promote the importance of breast screening to residents from Chorley and Leyland and to educate women to be ‘breast aware’.