CROWDS braved the poor weather over the weekend as a much-loved community town show returned for its eleventh year.

Ran by volunteers and entirely self funded, the Newton Town Show is organised by the Newton and Earlestown Community Group, which wanted to bring a family fun day back to the town ten years ago.

Since making its comeback in 2013, the town show has been a huge hit over the years as its numerous attractions have brought in attendees in their thousands.

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St Helens Star: Crowds came out in support of the event despite the weatherCrowds came out in support of the event despite the weather (Image: Newton Town Show)

Coming as part of St Helens' Borough of Culture celebrations this year, the free Mesnes Park event still attracted thousands of visitors despite the wet and windy weather that hit the borough.

Because of Storm Antoni, certain activities had to be scaled back or cancelled, such as the aircraft flyover, the animal zoo and donkey rides, and the inflatable assault course and Zorn arena.

However, children's entertainers and fairground attractions, live stunt shows, classic car competitions, and live performances from concert bands and dance groups were enough to entertain the crowds that came out in support of the event.

There was also a wide variety of food and drink stalls on offer as well as further arts, crafts, and creative workshops. Everything that had to be cancelled will be scheduled in for next year's event, the organisers said.

St Helens Star: Brass bands performing at the Mesnes Park eventBrass bands performing at the Mesnes Park event (Image: Newton Town Show)

Newton-le-Willows councillor Sev Gomez-Aspron said: “It was the first time we’ve ever done a town show during a named storm!

"But thank you so much to everyone that turned out to support the successful event - and we even saw the sun at one point!

"A massive thank you to our sponsors such as THINK Estate Agents, St Helens College, ECF, MUSE, Parkside Regen, Steve Hayes Plastering, Marklands Signs, the Council Parks Service, NLW Sports Club and everyone who turned out on the day!"

St Helens Star: Fairground rides at the showFairground rides at the show (Image: Newton Town Show)

Planning for next year's town show is already starting to get underway, with those wishing to get involved or sponsor advised to contact