Carnival season is set for a dazzling beginning

Last year's Kirkham and Wesham Club Day Procession
Last year's Kirkham and Wesham Club Day Procession

Kirkham and Wesham Club Day gets the Fylde club day and carnival season off to a dazzling start this weekend.

Hundreds of people are set to line the route through the two towns for the Saturday morning parade, which will be followed by fun and games at various venues – including the traditional funfair and the second KWCCFest family music festival at Kirkham and Wesham Cricket Club.

The parade will start at 9.30am at St Joseph’s Church, Wesham and will continue along Garstang Road North into Station Road towards Kirkham, turning left into Poulton Street, onto Preston Street and covering Freckleton Street, Old Row, Marsden Street, Stanley Street, Kirkgate, Marsden Street, Orders Lane, Fylde Street, Ward Street, Mellor Road, Station Road to the War Memorial at Wesham and then back to Kirkham.

Roads will be closed from 9am and the Club Day Committee has requested that all vehicles are removed from the route before 8am on Saturday.

Committee spokesman Angela Hunter said: “Club day is a traditional family day with a long history of bringing together the churches in the town. It’s a special day for everyone and the people of Kirkham turn out in their hundreds to watch.

“For many, it’s the second most significant event in the calendar running a close second to Christmas.

“It is an extremely social occasion with family members and friends who are no longer resident in the towns returning to be part of it.

“The committee would like to thank all those who both participate and assist with the organisation and marshalling which allows us to hold this annual event. We hope everyone has a wonderful day.”

After the success of the first KWCCFest last year, the cricket club is not only repeating the open air live music, with six bands and solo singers – but is also hiring a 12sqm TV screen to show England’s opening Euro 2106 game against Russia.

The fun day begins at 3pm and also includes family attractions, bouncy castles, stalls, BBQ and bars.

All money raised goes back into club funds which helps with the upkeep of the Palace Shield club’s Woodlands Avenue ground.

The first band Cold Shot will be on stage at 4pm, followed by Steve Matthews (5pm), Maria Bass (6pm) and Invaders (7pm).

England’s game will kick off at 8pm before the final band of the night – Kudos – take to the stage at 9.50pm.

The club day and carnival season across south Fylde continues with Freckleton Club Day on June 18, Lytham Club Day on June 25, Wrea Green Field Day on July 2, Newton, Clifton and Salwick Field Day on July 9 and St Annes Carnival on July 9 and 10.