After two years of ‘Festival cancelled due to Covid’ we were at last able to hold our traditional Whitsuntide Festival this year. And what a brilliant day it was, with all the usual attractions and participants, although perhaps not in the numbers we have grown to expect. Due to various reasons two of our usual bands couldn’t make it this year, but we are hoping to welcome them back next year. Float numbers were down to four but they were all of a very high standard and I am sure there will be a lot more in 2023 when we have settled back into our normal operation.
One of the floats carried a new (at least to us) band, standing in for our usual Band on a Wagon. This new band was led by Gaynor Sutcliffe who declared she had had a wonderful time and would very much like to be invited back next year.
Our new Queen for 2022, Grace Sharples, and her retinuemade a lovely picture parading to The Square where Grace was crowned by her grandmother Margaret (or Auntie Margaret, for those of you who remember Play Group days in the 1970s and ‘80s!) and everybody had a wonderful day.
The Chairman would like to thank everyone, Committee members and Volunteers, for helping to make the Festival’s return such a resounding success. Whether you helped set up, clear away, marshalled or manned a road-block, or helped with the teas in the Hall, you are all much appreciated. Without all your hard work our Whitsuntide Festival would not be possible.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Preston City Council in exercise of its powers under Section 21 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 has made the above-mentioned Order.
The effect of this Order is that on Saturday, 4th June 2022 from 1.00 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. or until opened earlier with the express permission of a police constable in uniform or the Council’s Director of Customer Services or his authorised representative, no person shall cause or permit any vehicle other than a vehicle forming part of or otherwise used in connection with the Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival or emergency service vehicle, from proceeding along the following lengths of road:-
Goosnargh Lane- from its junction with Mill Lane for 300 metres in a westerly direction
Mill Lane- from its junction with Goosnargh Lane for 100 metres in an easterly direction
Church Lane- from its junction with Mill Lane to its junction with Whittingham Lane
Whittingham Lane- from its junction with Church Lane to its junction with Cumeragh Lane
Cumeragh Lane- from its junction with Whittingham Lane for 350 metres in a southern direction
The diversion route for the above road closures will be via Goosnargh Lane, Langley Lane, Inglewhite Road, Halfpenny Lane and Cumeragh Lane in both directions.
The above road closures are necessary to prevent obstruction of the streets at the time of public procession.
It is once again with deep regret that, in view of the continued situation, we have decided to cancel this year’s Festival which was due to take place on June 05th. The rates of COVID 19 while still dropping have not reduced to a level that we feel comfortable proceeding with the Festival in the way we would like. We understand the need for the village to celebrate and we are planning to organise a Scarecrow Festival similar to the event last year to allow everyone to get some fun from what would have been the week of the festival. Please look out for further announcements on this topic