YOUNGSTERS from a number of primary schools in Craven and the Ribble Valley descended on Giggleswick School recently to take part in the school’s annual Johnny Walker Tag Rugby Festival.

The festival, which is held every September, commemorates and celebrates the life of Johnny Walker.

He was well-known in the Settle area and Yorkshire sporting community for his prowess in both rugby league and rugby union.

He honed his skills at North Ribblesdale Rugby Club, gaining a place in the Yorkshire under 17s, 19s and 21s as well as the North of England team. Johnny, who was properties manager at Giggleswick School, died in 2013.

Around 200 pupils from Austwick, Ingleton, Kirkby Malham, Long Preston, Gisburn, Settle, Giggleswick Primary School and Giggleswick Junior School took part in the festival.

It was supported by coaches from the Rugby Football Union, White Rose Rugby and North Ribblesdale Rugby Club.

All those involved worked together to ensure a great experience for all.

The day began with rugby clinics which focused on basic ball skills and agility.

This was followed by an under nine and under 11 team competition, refereed by sports leader students from Settle College.

Head of sport at Giggleswick Junior School, Fergus Ogilvie, said: “It was great to see boys and girls playing for their schools and children of all abilities taking part.

“Festivals are all about participation and fun so it was super to see lots of endeavour, some great skills in evidence and importantly mutual respect amongst team mates and opposing sides.

“Johnny would have loved to see these local schools, coaches and sports organisations all coming together once again for this important community event.”