THE sun shone on last Saturday's Ledbury Community Day, which organisers are hailing as a very successful event for the town.

A spokesman said: "This year’s special attractions for both young and old were popular.

"The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity helicopter POD was a special place to crawl into, and Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled’s Ponies in the Walled Garden gave many children rides. "The Friends of the Children’s Centre celebrated with a tenth Birthday Family Fun Day and over twenty homes now have Bug Hotels thanks to Ledbury Food Group’s building exercise."

The spokesman added: "Many also marvelled at the blacksmithing skills demonstrated by Stephen McRae with Joined Up Heritage at the Master’s House.

"Many groups and organisations reported success in attracting new members, new volunteers or new support, or just having the opportunity of meeting people and other groups. Ledbury Amateur Dramatic Society as usual came in many costumes to colour the day, and this year there was for the first time a prayer tent."

The Town Crier Clive Gunn together with the Ledbury Carnival Princess and her attendants toured a number of groups and attractions extending the theme of community.

There were queues at the Fire Station where the local Fire team were offering fire engine rides to raise funds for charity as part of their Open Day.

Councillor Nina Shields, Chair of Ledbury Town Council, said of the event, “What a pleasure it was on Community Day to talk to some of the organisations who make Ledbury what it is – apologies to those I didn't manage to talk to. I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to those who organised the day.

"A lot of hard work goes into making events like this run so smoothly.”

Paul Kinnaird, chair of the organising committee, added: “Ledbury has again shown the rich depth of local groups and organisations that serve it and make it such a special community.

"The organising committee are always happy to hear how we can make the day even better. “