Folk group at garden party

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This fantastic old photo was taken at a garden party on Lady Pilkington’s estate in the early 1980s.

Taken in about 1984, it shows the Mayor with north west folk band the Houghton Weavers - who are probably best known for their BBC show Sit Thi Deawn.

The garden party was organised by the Friends of the Theatre Royal, which, at that time, was under threat of closure.