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This Years’ Festival

Garstang and District Children’s Festival


For the organisers of the event the day starts at 6am with tasks such as the decorating of the market cross.

The crowning of the 2019 Festival Queen, Emily Guy, will take place at the Market Cross at 11am. Emily will be crowned by the Retiring Queen, Ellen Wellings. Following the crowning of the Festival Queen the morning procession will proceed through the streets led by the Morris Dancers, the festival and retiring queens, plus many other Queens from surrounding villages and churches.

One of the highlights of the day must be the brightly decorated children’s tableaux. Parents have been very busy these past few weeks putting the floats together, and I’m sure that the usual large crowds will appear to marvel at the quality of the tableaux and to show their appreciation.

There will be seven Bands in attendance on the day:  Pilling Brass Band, Brindle Brass Band, Red Rose Brass Band, The Hyndeburn Comets Majorette Troupe, Lancaster City Brass Band, St Peters Brigade Band from Chorley and Preston Pipe Band

Also taking part in the procession will be the Garstang School of Gymnastics, members of Garstang Taekwondo and the local Scouts and Guides.

On completion of the morning procession, attention will switch to the Moss Lane playing fields where activities will start at 1.10pm with displays from the Garstang School of Gymnastics and the Hyndeburn Comets Majorette Troupe.

Attention will then switch to the ever popular children’s sports which will commence at    approximately 2.00pm; these will be followed by the football semi-finals.

Throughout the afternoon there are many attractions for the younger children including a professional face painter, children’s rides, bouncy castles and Punch & Judy shows. All activities are free of charge so bring the little ones down for a great family day out.

Affordable refreshments are available on the field throughout the afternoon.

The evening procession starts at 6pm at Moss Lane playing fields. This will include the fancy dress parade in which there are many prizes to be won. The fancy dress parade is open to anyone. Entries are accepted from 5.15pm on Moss Lane playing fields, with judging taking place between 5.30pm and 6.00pm and along the procession route. So why not try your luck and have great fun at the same time?

The day concludes with the final of the football competition at 7.30pm. 

David Lewis

Festival Secretary