It’s the week before war is declared and the sunny town of Widnes is aware that
something is happening, but not quite sure what - You can find out more from
Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 July at Widnes-on-Sea.
This year we are
commemorating the start of World War I by theming the rides and activities to a
typical Edwardian entertaining day at the market.
There will be strong
men, escapologists, policeman and a recruiting sergeant set up in the market to
The actors and performers will re-enact scenes from
yesteryear to show visitors what the times were like just before the outbreak of
The Great War.
To compliment the entertainment, this year, all the
funfair rides will be hand turned, no electrical supply, as they would have been
in the day. This makes the whole event very environmentally friendly
course the legendary Widnes-On-Sea Donkeys will be back and to top it all, all
the entertainment and rides are free!
All parents or carers need to do
is make purchases within the market to collect vouchers for the rides, all the
other entertainment is free for all to watch and enjoy.
Council's Executive Board Member for The Physical Envoronment, Cllr Ron Hignett,
said: "This is a great way of commemorating World War I and showing people how
people were entertained at that time.
"Our market traders are as
enthusiasitc about Widnes-on-Sea as the public are each year. Let's hope for
some good weather to bring out the crowds!"
Following the Widnes-On-Sea,
during the commemoration week of Monday 4 August the Library Service will be
providing exhibits of the time and there will be a stall showing how sled dogs
were used during World War I.