AROUND 2,000 people gambled with the weather and won at the annual Pound Day at Oswaldtwistle Mills.
Despite a forecast of rain, thunderstorms and hail, the sun shone right the way through the day as visitors came to picnic in the mill gardens in temperatures of 22 degrees.
The event was stewarded by the East Lancashire Masonic Charities and aims to raise more than £2,000 for Child Action Northwest.
The event first began in 1892 at the charity’s founding centre, Blackburn Orphanage, and for the second year running was sponsored by Oswaldtwistle Mills.
This year the attractions included a large fairground, pony rides, bouncy castles and a hog roast.
Staff from across the charity’s different project teams each organised their own £1 stalls which ranged from the foster care team’s ‘hook-a-duck’, a toy tombola by the family-wise team, plants and planters by the youth justice department and crafts, face painting and home-made sweets.
A traditional Punch and Judy, sponsored by Herbert Parkinson, also entertained the children, with a popcorn and candy floss stand managed by local Scouts.
Nicola Terry, fundraising and creative partnerships manager, said: ‘We are very grateful to all our volunteers who helped make the event such a success and to Boyd Hargreaves and the team at Oswaldtwistle Mills for hosting Pound Day once again.
“We were certainly very fortunate to have such great weather.”