A TOWN’S big early autumn fun event was hailed a success despite the unfortunate end of a remarkably good run of weather.

Padiham’s Party in the Park overcame rain to draw good crowds who ignored the wet conditions.

The popular community event at Memorial Park is always held on the first Sunday in September and until this year had been blessed with favourable weather for a decade.

Cllr Vince Pridden, one of the organisers, said: “We have had a good turnout for the weather.

"This is the first time in 10 years that it has been wet.

“It has gone very well, though. There’s still been a lot of people out and it’s still a success.

"It’s just a shame that we can’t control the weather.”

An artificial caving system on a trailer and a teddy bears’ picnic proved a hit with the youngsters, while new attractions included a shooting gallery and a tomahawk thrower.

Traditional attractions on hand included a children’s fairground, a Punch and Judy show, donkey rides, dog agility classes and a band.

Several charities were also on hand to promote their good causes.

Cllr Pridden said: “Everybody has enjoyed themselves.

"I’d like to thank the stallholders for all their help, because without them, this doesn’t happen.”