LITTLE Ryan Cottrell arrived at a fun-packed party in impressive style.
The young Accrington lad sped to the scene of his party at Si in Accrington town centre in an £80,000 Lamborghini Diablo and was welcomed into the restaurant to rapturous applause.
The swish car was just one of many treats for Ryan, eight, who suffers from the incurable skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Inside the restaurant were Ryan's friends from Woodnook Primary School, who were amused by entertainers who gave up their time for free.
Kristan Dewell, Si manager and joint-organiser of Ryan's Day, said: "We had about 300 people here and there was something going on all day long. We had an auction for the adults with lots of excellent prizes such as a 42-inch plasma screen television and a helicopter ride.
"Most importantly, Ryan had an enjoyable time. We aren't sure how much money we raised for the family because it's still being counted."
Another of the organisers, Chris Lovell, said: "People showed amazing generosity and there was a queue to watch Ryan arrive, which was fantastic."
Ex-Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough, who played Alec Gilroy, and TV comedian Ted Robbins were on hand to lend a touch of celebrity colour to the day, which Si owner Kevin Cosgrove said was a great success.
He added: "Volunteers gave up their time for free to make Ryan's Day so special, and many businesses in Hyndburn have played a really valued role. To see Ryan have fun was a joy for everybody."
- LOCAL businessmen organised Ryan's Day as part of a fund-raising effort which has been separate from the main Observer appeal.
They will pass the money directly on to the family.