Around 2,000 people flocked to Rhyddings Park for the first Fusion festival.

The event was a fundraiser organised to generate cash for next year’s Oswaldtwistle Carnival.

Gayle Knight, from the Civic Arts Centre, helped to organise the event and said they were delighted with the turnout.

She said: “It was a brilliant day, we were very lucky in that we got until about 3.30pm before the rain came down in a deluge. We had to cut the event a bit short but everybody had a great time.

“We had about 2,000 people there relaxing on the field, watching the bands, on the fairground rides and looking at the community stalls.”

Gayle said they were in the process of counting up the funds raised on the day.

She said: “It keeps the momentum of the carnival going, we’ve had an event in the park every summer now for the last ten years.

“We’ve done a few bits of fundraising, so we just have to look at the costs for the festival and then add any leftover funds into the pot for next year.”

A number of local bands entertained crowds, while activities included archery, fairground rides and a sports competition.

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