Action-packed police fun day

Max (6) Lianne and Darcie Belshaw (3) dress up as police-officers at the fun day on Holt House Playing Fields.

Max (6) Lianne and Darcie Belshaw (3) dress up as police-officers at the fun day on Holt House Playing Fields.

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Approximately 1,000 people attended a free family fun day at Holt House Playing Fields, Colne, organised by local police.

After the success of last year’s debut, a novelty dog show was incorporated into this year’s event, with up to 60 dogs taking part.

The event was blessed with good weather and the fields were a hive of activity, with folk flocking to meet police horses Guild and Elswick, have fingerprints taken with scenes of crime officers, sit in police vehicles, dress up in police kit and even soak officers locked in the stocks.

The fire service attended with an appliance and on top of that there were body zorbs, the dog show, cake decorating, face painting, a magician and a raffle plus a talent competition, while SC Natasha Harris sang a few numbers.

Sgt Kim de Curtis said: “It could not have gone ahead or have been possible without the support and generosity of local businesses.

“We went cap in hand to shops and businesses in Colne and when we explained what we were trying to do, which was provide a free community event for local people and children, they were more than happy to oblige.

“I had a moment of madness when I volunteered myself and Insp. Paul Goodall to be placed in wooden stocks and let the children throw wet sponges at us. We got soaked in the process.

“As well as the local businesses I would personally like to thank PCSO Trish Thompson, who organised the event and has missed her vocation in life as some kind of party planner.

“She said ‘never again’ last year, but we did it again. She said ‘never again for next year’, so watch this space!”