MISERABLE weather forced the postponement of Saturday’s Lark in the Park when conditions in Mercer Park threatened to make it Mudlark in the Park.
But organisers have rescheduled the family festival for Saturday 20 September from 12 noon to 6pm.
Speaking after calling off the event last Friday, Yvonne Wilson, of the Friends of Mercer Park, said: “The park was absolutely sodden and the forecast for Saturday and Sunday was horrendous. Rather than try and go ahead and hope, it just felt better to rearrange it.
“Obviously it will be getting darker because it’s later in the year so we might be finishing at six instead of seven. Other than that everything will be going ahead as planned. It’s just been constant rain and the ground is not soaking it in.”
The event, which began in 2001, has enjoyed mixed fortunes in recent years.
In 2006 the combination of heavy rain and wind on the day forced it to be cancelled. Last year’s event was a success, attracting crowds of more than 2,000, although it only went ahead after local businesses stepped in at the 11th hour when the Arts Council refused to extend its three-year funding programme.
This year’s Lark has already been hit by the withdrawal of the popular Bark in the Park dog show by Hyndburn Stray Dogs in Need.
But there should still be plenty more fun-filled activities, including bands, arts and crafts, a carnival parade, puppetry and much more.