Diamond galas

Kirkham Club Day procession in 1952''Historical dated 14/06/1952
Kirkham Club Day procession in 1952''Historical dated 14/06/1952
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SUMMER would not be the same without the gala season.

June has traditionally been the busiest month for South Fylde Club Days.

The celebrations – with processions formed of churches, clubs, societies, tableaux and marching bands – have long been part of the character and fabric of the developing towns.

Crowds would line the streets to watch a colourful morning parade wind its way through the heart of the community, to a rose queen crowning ceremony in the afternoon.

There would be a sea of young faces as families reunited for a day of fun and games and pubs – while proud parents would raise a glass in the pubs, which in the past opened all hours, for this special day of the year.

Their origins date back to the 1800s, when Friendly Societies were formed and each society arranged once a year to parade through the town to give an indication of their strength and popularity – and so the name Club Day was originated.

Frequently, their walk was preceded by a church service and followed by a ‘substantial’ lunch at one of the local hostelries. Later, the churches began to participate in the parades and their popularity really began to take off.

Here are pictures from the Express archive from Kirkham Club Day and Freckleton Club Days in the 1950s.