VIDEO: Full steam ahead for pudding festival

Work has begun on Aughton’s famous giant pudding as planning gets under way in earnest for the village’s pudding festival.

Organisers began preparing the ingredients last Wednesday evening, ready to start mixing two days later.

Mixing of the pudding for the Aughton Pudding Festival 2013.'Kathryn Parker with the rum, William Parker with sugar and Polly Haythornthwaite with raisons which was mixed in a concrete mixer.

Mixing of the pudding for the Aughton Pudding Festival 2013.'Kathryn Parker with the rum, William Parker with sugar and Polly Haythornthwaite with raisons which was mixed in a concrete mixer.

It took well over a day to cook the pudding, with festival chairman Chris Carr and president Mitzi Hayhurst taking it in turns to watch the pudding through the night.

The pudding has helped create a real sense of community spirit, with local businesses being very supportive.

Ingredients have been donated by Udale, Quite Simply French, Eccelso, Booker and Thomas Moss Fruit and Veg.

The cement mixer was supplied and coated by Grant Parker and gas was donated by Station Garage, Caton.

The festival returns to Aughton this month after a wait of 21 years.

It is planned for August Bank Holiday Monday and will incorporate the annual Aughton Village Show.

The festival broke a world record when it was last held in 1992 for having the largest ever Christmas pudding at a weight of 7,190lbs.

This was more than three times the weight of the previous pudding made in 1971.

The festival will include a sheep show with judging from 10.30am.

The pudding arrives at the field when the festival officially opens at noon.

Other events at the show include have-a-go archery, willow weaving, den making, Corio Raptor Centre with birds of prey, Animal Zone with reptiles, vintage tractors and Land Rovers, a dog agility demonstration, morris dncing and a mobile forge demonstrating wheel making.

Visitors can also buy a piece of the pudding, and there will be shopping opportunities with lots of trade stands, sweets, ice cream, refreshments and candy floss.

Children can enjoy a bouncy castle and mini quad bikes.

Also at the festival will be the North of England Snail Racing Championships – which has attracted the interest of an Australian TV crew – as well as a poultry Show and dog Show, craft Tent, pudding competition, horticulture and flower arranging.

Aughton is situated off the Kirkby Lonsdale road between Halton and Arkholme.

Signs will be in place to direct visitors to the field.