PHOTO GALLERY: Scorching Briercliffe Festival will live long in the memory

Briercliffe Festival
Briercliffe Festival
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The sun shone and England won as hundreds turned out for a Briercliffe Festival that will live long in the memory.

A colourful parade kicked off proceedings before the masses flocked to Queen Street recreation ground for a day of activities.

These included a fairground, bouncy castle, face painting, craft and charity stalls, a pet show, dancers, tug of war, football tournament and a beer tent.

And of course the small matter of England’s World Cup quarter-final with Sweden.

Organisers Brad Pounder, Liam Kilbride and Ju Smith managed to source a big screen in just a matter of days meaning a field full of football fans could cheer, sing and celebrate as the triumphant Three Lions marched on.

Live music came from Dirty Suns and Guido while DJ Baz kept everybody entertained throughout the day.

“Pulling the community together was the objective and it was great to see everyone young and old having a great time,” said Ju.

“It was like old-times and that’s what we wanted. England winning a World Cup quarterfinal was the icing on the cake.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without all the volunteers and sponsors and we would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to them for helping us make it happen. And of course ‘thank you’ to all the people for coming out and supporting the event.

“It’s going to take something special to top this but we already have loads of ideas for next year and can’t wait to get planning it.”