Longridge parish’s annual spring fair is usually buzzing from the beginning with the opening a medley of songs from the Junior Choir.
But this year children, families and teachers were missing due to the norovirus outbreak at Longridge Primary School, as previouslt reported in the Evening Post, so the start was unusually quiet.
However, the total for what is a major fundraiser for St Lawrence with St Paul parish was an amazing £3,000, which brought loud applause after Vicar the Rev David Anderson announced it as a ‘great result’ at Sunday morning’s service in St Paul’s Church, the venue for the fair.
The event became increasingly busy after the opening as, donning blue catering gloves for necessary health and safety, the cafe crew served hotpot, quiches, sandwiches and a medley of desserts to customers, while all food stallholders such as the choir with cakes and the brave barbecue team outside in the rain also wore protective gloves.
With the theme of St George’s Day, dragon and shield illustrated red and white bunting flew over remaining stalls, games, raffles and tombolas and the atmosphere remained upbeat throughout until the close about 2pm.
Special thanks went to everyone for the days of hard work, planning and creating which go into making the annual event such a success, despite the absence this year of so many families and children.