Record numbers of visitors flocked to the annual Blacon Festival, with 4,750 people soaking up the sunshine and enjoying a range of fun-filled activities.
The Blacon Festival
Supported by Sanctuary Housing and organised by Avenue Services, the Chester-based community event saw an additional 750 residents turn out on top of last year’s attendance figures.
What happened at the Blacon Festival
The 21st Blacon Festival began with a World War 1 themed parade of 150 pupils from all five of Blacon’s primary schools, starting at the Community Church on Melbourne Road through the streets to Blacon High School − where the event was held. Cheshire Dance led a samba band for the parade with pupils also demonstrating popular dances from 100 years ago, such as the Turkey Trot, Grizzly Bear and Camel Walk.
Also on offer to residents throughout the event were pony rides, live music, a mascot race, which this year was won by Lennie the Lion, and a demonstration from the Whitchurch Dog Display Team in which 20 different breeds of dogs performed to the crowds.
Chester MP speaking at the Blacon Festival
Speaking at the festival, special guest Chester MP Stephen Mosley said: “The Blacon Festival is a real highlight in Chester’s calendar. The hard work of those involved with organising it, matched with the fantastic community spirit that is always on show in Blacon, makes this event a vibrant success every year.”
Avenue Services at the Blacon Festival
Sharon Morris, head of Avenue Services, part of Sanctuary Group, added: “This was once again a superb day, with lots of positive feedback from residents.
“It was an outstanding opportunity for Avenue Services to work with residents and stakeholders, organising and delivering a fantastic day out for all.”