Dance troupes are being asked to put their best feet forward for an annual fundraiser.

Organised by Child Action North West (CANW) and Blackburn Youth Zone, Pound Day is seeking dance troupes of any size to take part in a dance contest.

As well as the dance competition, the event will also feature a live set from Britain’s Got Talent star, Ella Shaw, traditional games relating to the history of Pound Day, a children's fun fair, face painting and a barbecue.

CEO of CANW, Sue Cotton, said: "The dance competition is a new element to Pound Day – it’s something we decided to introduce after being wowed by a number of troupes last year.

"We want to give as many dance schools the chance to take part and we’re incredibly grateful to Blackburn Youth Zone for supporting us."

Pound Day has its roots based in an appeal launched by James Dixon, the founder of Blackburn Orphanage, who called on local people to donate a pound to the orphanage, to help with its running costs.

The orphanage went on to become CANW, a charity which today offers help and support to children, young people, families and communities in need across the region.

Mrs Cotton added: "Pound Day is one of the oldest traditions in the local community’s calendar and we’re looking forward to welcoming the public to the Artisan Ribble Valley.

"It’ll be a great day of family fun and the chance to find out more about the work we do."

Accrington-based children’s entertainers, Just Imagine, will also be storytelling in the woods, with spaces available for booking.

Pound Day will take place at Foxfields Country Hotel in Billington from 11am to 4pm on Sunday June 2.

Entry to the event costs £1 per adult (children go free) and all proceeds go to CANW.

To sign up a dance troupe, book a stall or to book a place on the Just Imagine storytelling session, please contact Chelsea Crossey on 01254 244700 (option 6) or email