A record-breaking number of people enjoyed glorious sunshine during this year’s Rishton Festival, with organisers hailing it as one of the best yet.

Around 1,000 people attended the event at Norden High School in Rishton, with many dressed as scarecrows for the theme Country Life.

For the first time in its nine-year history the festival was allowed a temporary event notice, allowing a beer tent and stalls selling real ales and cider.

Hundreds of people took part in the parade from The Rishton Arms to the school, led by the Haslingden and Helmshore Brass Band, with some residents dressed as tractors.

 

Christine Hammerton, of the festival committee, hailed the people of Rishton as ‘wonderful’.

She said: “With a small budget it worked out very well. Everyone looked really well dressed up and the people of Rishton are just superb."