Champagne start as ladies enjoy their day

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LADIES at Walsden Cricket Club don’t like to be left out while the menfolk do battle on the pitch.

So they arrived in style for last Saturday’s Ladies Day at the Scott Street ground, an afternoon and evening’s cracking entertainment on what has become an increasingly popular event in the club’s social calendar.

Initially aiming at around 40 guests, more than 50 ladies arrived to enjoy a champagne reception and luxury buffet and as well as being able to enjoy the day’s on-field play they had extra entertainment lined up too.

In the evening they got their feet moving to a soul and Motown cabaret set presented by Richie James and throughout the afternoon they were also “captured on canvas”.

Caricature artist Spencer May was busy with his sketch book and his likenesses went down well, said the organiser of this year’s event, Joanna Schofield.

“It was a brilliant day. We had expected around 40 ladies but ended up with more than 50 attending. They loved the caricaturist - everyone was really chuffed with his drawings.

“We had an excellent evening’s entertainment too, with everyone dancing.”

Joanne said she had some invaluable help in organising the event from Liz Bailey and, especially in helping organise the catering, Ann Dewhirst.

Ann has organised the event in previous years but was taking a break from the role this year.

The ladies thoroughly enjoyed their day but were let down a bit by the menfolk, as Walsden were beaten by Royton in their Central Lancashire League fixture.

The day off the pitch was definitely a major success!