SILLOTH’S packed programme of summer events kicks off this weekend with thousands of people expected to flock to the popular coastal town.

The Silloth Green Day is one of the first events of the calendar in the town and takes place today.

The event is organised annually by Silloth Rotary Club.

Owen Martin, president of the club, said: “Green Day was originally organised to celebrate one year from the opening of the Green refurbishment.

“It’s a great family day out with live entertainment, fun fair, dog show, face painting and much more.”

Successful funding bids to Heritage Lottery Fund under the ‘Parks for People Programme,’ resulted in a two-year refurbishment project to restore the Green and its historic buildings.

Restoration work of the Green was completed in 2012 and celebrated with a grand opening in May 2012.

The event will take place on the Green between 11am and 4pm.

A funfair, craft stalls, food stalls, live music, family dog show, entertainment, donkey rides and face painting will be there.

The charity dog show which is taking place at 1pm has 11 categories, costs £2 per entry and is sponsored by Beacon Vets.

Mr Martin continued: “There is lots of free parking available with overspill areas too. Make sure you get there early and make time to park.”

Mayor of Silloth, Mark Orchard said: “The event is now a proven success and up there with Silloth’s annual carnival day for popularity.

“Green Day is an open invitation for everyone to come and see our fantastic little town. Silloth always welcomes visitors and we are going to have another fantastic day whatever the weather.

“There has been a lot of hard work gone into organising this event by Silloth Rotary Club, there really is something for everyone.

“The day starts at 11am and as previous years have proven this really is a day not to be missed.”