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Upminster family fun day called 'a great success'

PUBLISHED: 12:25 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 12:51 16 May 2016

Upminster Park Funday, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster
Thomas and Michaela Dods with their son Nate Dods 2 from Upminster on the train

Upminster Park Funday, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster Thomas and Michaela Dods with their son Nate Dods 2 from Upminster on the train

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Mums, dads, children and people of all ages enjoyed a day full of fun and activities at a park on Saturday.

Upminster Park Funday, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster
Jessica Vinten 5 and her dad Adam Vinten from Ockendon on a donkeyUpminster Park Funday, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster Jessica Vinten 5 and her dad Adam Vinten from Ockendon on a donkey

Organisers, the Friends of Upminster Park, held the event at the park in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, as they have done for the past 11 years.

The annual all day event had lots for families to enjoy including donkey rides, bouncy castles, a train, side shows and lots of stalls.

A spokesman for the group said: “Our fun day was a great success. We raised nearly £1,500 which will go towards improving our park.

“The day was chilly with gusty winds but the sun came out in the afternoon.

Upminster Park Funday, Corbets Tey Road, UpminsterUpminster Park Funday, Corbets Tey Road, Upminster

“We were visited by hundreds of people and Waitrose sold strawberries and cream and donated the proceeds to us.”

Two musical performances were provided by the Hornchurch Drum and Trumpet Corps, a youth marching band formed in 1959.

Group member Patricia Flavell said: “We usually have two to three hundred people attend the event.

“We get help from Veolia which enabled us to put a lot of new trees and flower beds in the park.

“We have a lovely play area and have now added some new swings.”

To help plan future events or to join, the group meet on the last Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm Trinity Church, Gaynes Road, Upminster.

Visit friendsofupminsterpark.com for more information.

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