RIBCHESTER’S 57th Field Day proved to be a winner with visitors.

The Ribble Valley village was transformed at the weekend with a host of attractions and events marking the annual get-together.

It was a family affair for new Field Day Queen Sarah Holgate, who was crowned by her sister Rebecca Holgate, the retiring Queen.

The royal occasion came after an action packed parade round the village with a multitude of fancy dress entries.

The stirring sound of three bands, including Blackburn and Darwen band leading off the procession, echoed through the sunshine filled village as the parade wound its way round local streets.

The floats and walking groups included a team from the parish church of St Wilfrid, raising a model roof and mock tower high to publicise the church’s current fund-raising Raise The Roof appeal.

The procession also featured the village’s very own Ribistocats, a Lego themed float, Old McDonald’s Farm, Smurfs, Noddy and numerous other entertaining and enterprising parade entries.

Field Day attractions included Circus Whizz with a pop up circus skills workshop, bdemonstrations by renowned Lancaster sheepdog handler Tom Longton, piglet racing with Belmont Farm and a display stand from Lancashire Hawks and Owls.

Field Day Chairman David Smith said: “We were just very lucky with the weather and Field Day went fantastically well. I’d like to thank all the village coming together to help set up and put the events on.”