CIRCUS fun was the theme of Worsthorne's annual carnival, but fewer people than usual turned up to watch.

Despite this, it was a busy and enjoyable day as the village square buzzed with activity and special attractions.

There was plenty of clowning around with fancy dress outfits and the Mothers' Union acting as "tame lions" served meals in the church hall.

Three floats, supplied by Peter Smith Haulage, took part in the procession, led by Darwen Boys' and Girls' Brigade Band, together with the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley Coun Eddie Fisk and Mrs Pat Chadwick.

Also featured in the parade was Sunday School queen Sarah Aves.

Kevin Rawcliffe was top clown, winning the fancy dress award.

Young Eloise Holland, a pupil at St Wilfrid's School, Blackburn, put on her own fund-raising stall to make cash for a trip to South Africa later in the year.

The NSPCC and Riding for the Disabled group were also there with fund-raising stalls.

More than £500 made in the raffle will go toward this year's village project for improvements in the village square.

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