A few drops of rain failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds of people who took part in Padiham’s annual Whit Walks.
Church members, clergy and representatives of uniformed organisations from all the churches and schools in Padiham and St Margaret’s in Hapton along with civic dignitaries, walked proudly through the town on Sunday to celebrate one of its oldest traditions.
Crowds turned out to watch the event which organisers had feared would face the axe until a couple of weeks ago when ward councillors stepped in with a cash donation from the Ward Opportunities Fund to pay for a traffic management company to oversee road closures. This was after police said that 2014 would be the last year they could marshall the event.
Led by the Rev Mark Jones from St Leonard’s Church the procession marched through the town centre to the area known as the fountain at Institute Street before turning round and walking back up to Nazareth Unitarian Chapel for a short service.
And for the first time in decades a family fun day was held after the walk which was hailed a great success by organisers. Held in and around the Nazareth Chapel, attractions included a Victorian style market and funfair, old fashioned games, stalls and refreshments.
The event was organised by a group of residents who wanted to attract more people to Padiham. Hailed a success, the fun day raised over £1,000 which will be donated to groups working with young people in the town.