SADDLEWORTH put on its annual summer showcase and communities turned out in force to help raise an anticipated £12,000 for charity.
For two days Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield was the place to be for the first ever Wellifest music event and the ever popular Saddleworth Show.
Organised jointly by Oldham Metro and Saddleworth Rotary Club, the entertainment double-header took place in almost unprecedented baking conditions.
“It was possibly a bit too hot for one or two people,” said Frank Bolger, chair of Oldham Metro.
“I spoke to a lot of people as they were leaving and they all said they had had a fantastic time.
“The good thing is we had around 12-14 charities raising money for their own particular cause in addition to the charities Rotary raise funds for.
“Every penny we collect is split evenly between both Clubs and then goes to charity.
“At this stage we don’t have a final total but it will equal or better last year’s total which will be great.”
There was a packed programme of things to see and do for visitors of all ages from music and dance performances, companion dog show, demonstrations, classic cars fairground rides, giant inflatables, food and drink outlets plus the ever popular duck.
Hundreds of plastic ducks were released into the River Tame producing a photo finish and a late surge from 3196 to pip 346 by a bill at the finishing net.
And that was good enough to earn the winning ‘owner’ a £250 first prize.
Members of the Saddleworth Air Cadets then netted all entrants to ensure no plastic remained in the water.
“We have to pay homage to the Cadets,” added Frank. We had two squadrons helping us and they were absolutely brilliant.
“We should be very proud of these young people. They actually came to us and asked ‘what work can you give us’.
“They were so polite and from the Rotary Club we say ‘thank you’.
“We also had around 40 Club members volunteering and considering the average age of a Rotarian is 74, then we haven’t done too badly for two long days.”
Frank and his colleagues were also pleased with the outcome of their first Wellifest event.
“It was a tremendous community event,” he said. “Around 400 people had a brilliant time.
“It was our first effort putting on a music event and I think everyone really appreciated it. There were things we can improve on but hopefully it will be back next year.”