Mak­ing a splash!

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ABOUT 2,000 peo­ple joined in the an­nual Burscough Her­itage Week­end, which was held at Burscough Wharf for the sev­enth year.

Vis­i­tors enjoyed canal his­tory walks, and en­ter­tain­ment in the form of the ukulele band Ukes at the Wharf and mor­ris dancers Stone the Crows.

Dis­plays at the event fea­tured vin­tage ve­hi­cles, mo­tor­bikes and a minia­ture steam en­gine.

There was also a range of stalls sell­ing lo­cal pro­duce, in­clud­ing plants from Burscough Al­lot­ment So­ci­ety.

In the Arts Cen­tre, a pho­to­graph ex­hi­bi­tion by Mike Daw­son fea­tured old pic­tures of Burscough and sur­round­ing areas. Burscough Her­itage Group also had a va­ri­ety of lo­cal arte­facts on dis­play.

Guests were given the op­por­tu­nity to dress up in tra­di­tional clothes worn by the barge fam­i­lies, and have old-fash­ioned pho­tographs taken by the res­i­dent pho­tog­ra­pher, Fat Bad­ger.

The event was held on June 24 and 25, from 10am un­til 4pm.

The pop­u­lar and fiercely con­tested Char­ity Raft Race be­gan at 2pm on Sun­day, run­ning from The Slip­way to The Wharf.

Ray Eck­er­s­ley, site manager of Burscough Wharf, said: “The raft race has now be­come quite a tra­di­tion in Burscough.”

Colin War­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer at Burscough Her­itage Group, who ar­ranged the event, said: “The week­end went very well, the high­light of the event was definitely the Char­ity Rafe Race.

“We had a lot more en­tries than usual.

“We usu­ally get around six or seven but this time 15 com­peted - it was a record.”

The lux­ury of an arm chair wasn’t enough to keep this team afloat

The week­end had mu­sic and fun for all ages

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