Paint the town red

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7 June 2016 3:04PM

Workington was blessed by sunshine for the return of its own festival Paint The Town Red.

Children, teenagers and adults enjoyed the atmosphere of a family friendly event which brought the town to life on Saturday.

Families rambled through the town centre turned fun fair to find bands, walkabout artists and Disney princesses performing.

Trunks By Gacko offered percussion, songs and tales to people walking down Risman Place, surrounded by the sparkle brought by Mary The Faerie, with eight-foot tall costumed characters.

At The Hub, people were tapping their feet to the songs of young performers such as Sing Star Singing School with their own take on Love Yourself by Justin Bieber.

The Payday Loons were welcoming festival-goers to the town from Upton Street with their upbeat vintage jazz.

Face painting, candyfloss and ice cream were all part of the equation.

Vulcan Park was definitely the place to be with bands performing on the main stage, children's rides, a vintage car exhibition, archery, cookery demonstrations and dozen of stalls selling anything from cheese to handmade gifts.

Danielle Harvey, 28, of Moss Bay, Workington, was there with her two-year-old son.

She said: "It's fantastic. I've been all over and it's brilliant. It brings everybody together and with a weather like this you can really enjoy it. It's good to have the opportunity to do things that we don't normally do."

Gillian Hargreaves, 47, of Workington, said: "It's good to see so many people out and supporting it."

Workington And District Twinning Association held a reunion with people travelling from the twin towns of Val De Reuil in France and Selm in Germany. They held a Ceilidh at St John's parish rooms, on Washington Street.

Town councillor Carole Armstrong, who is also a member of the association, said: "The festival was fantastic and it was good to see how many people came along. It's great to end the day with this get-together. It's good to make friends with people from our twin towns and it's important for the children to get to know different cultures."

Paint The Town Red was organised by the town council and Workington Rotary Club.

Amy Johnson, events officer at the town council, said: "We have really enjoyed working at this event, the atmosphere is really relaxed and we had lots of community support. It's good to see people having fun."

Chris Bagshaw, town clerk, said: "All the Rotarians and the volunteers have done a fantastic job and it's panned out really nicely."

Money was raised throughout the day with tombolas and collection buckets for Myeloma UK, West Cumberland Hospital's Renal Unit, Rotary International and Cancer Research UK.

Over 44 windows were decorated for the event as part of a window dressing competition.

Floral design, on Nook Street, was overall winner. Cherry Tree Fashions, on Wilson Street, won the large window section, Re Works, on Market Square, won the small window and Age UK won the charity shop section.

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