Festive park fun

The Friends of Ward Jackson Park held a Christmas fair. Pictured making Christmas decorations are Lucy Crawford, Evie Clark and Scarlett Sherwood.
The Friends of Ward Jackson Park held a Christmas fair. Pictured making Christmas decorations are Lucy Crawford, Evie Clark and Scarlett Sherwood.

A FESTIVE event at a popular town park went down a treat with children and their families.

The Friends of Ward Jackson Park organised the Christmas Fair which attracted scores of youngsters, mums, dads and grandparents.

There was a craft fair set up in Place in the Park, the cafe in the park, selling home-made biscuits and jewellery, while other stall holders carried out face-painting and henna tattoos.

There was also a chance for the kids attending the event to visit Father Christmas who paid a visit to the cafe as well.

The youngsters were kept entertained making decorations for Christmas trees with materials provided by the organisers of the fair, and there were also a number of small competitions.

These included a brand tub and a raffle, and also couple of free contests for children.

Once people had browsed the stalls and had a bite to eat in the cafeteria they headed out to the park’s band stand where there was an evening of entertainment on offer.

Four entertainers from town music charity Red Dreams took to the stage.

They were each dressed in Victorian dress and belted out a number of hits to fill three half-hour slots, including a variety of Christmas songs.

Jane Rollo, chairman of the Friends of Ward Jackson Park, said everyone seemed to have a good time and there was a steady stream of families visiting the park throughout the event.

She said: “There was a lovely atmosphere and there was lots of people there.

“It was really well attended which was lovely to see.

“Red Dreams were brilliant and they must have had about 30 people watching them during each half-hour slot that they did.

“They were really good and they performed a variety of songs.”

All the money raised from the event will go towards a new picnic and play area for younger children in the town.

It will be situated on the former putting green and will use natural materials to create a cave with pathways leading up to it.