Hundreds turn out for Upminster Park fun day

The fun day had Donkey rides for the youngsters

The fun day had Donkey rides for the youngsters - Credit: Archant

There were plenty of smiling faces and happy families at this year’s Upminster Park fun day.

Amelia Patchett had her face painted by Curly Jo

Amelia Patchett had her face painted by Curly Jo - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of people turned out for the event at the park in Corbets Tey Road, on Saturday May 18.

Susie Coles with her home made preserves for sale

Susie Coles with her home made preserves for sale - Credit: Archant

Pat Flavell, a member of the group said: “We had a very successful fun day.

“The weather was dry and not windy so we were very lucky.”

This year’s event had something for everyone.


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Youngsters were treated to bouncy castles, horse riding, fair ground rides and side shows.

There was also plenty for the big kids to do with a number of stalls.

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Popular with everyone was the BBQ.

Keith Webb, the treasurer of the group said: “It was a very successful day.

“The children really enjoyed going around in the walking balls.

“The food for the BBQ was donated by Waitrose and it was prepared by parishioners from a number of the churches in the area and it was well organised.”

The Friends of Upminster Park was founded in 2005 to improve the park.

Since then the dedicated team of volunteers have gone on to get funding for more than £35,000 of play equipment in the park.

In 2007, the park was awarded green flag status.

The group also used the fun day as an opportunity to collect more names on a petition calling for the council to rethink its proposals to sell off Upminster Park car park and the site of the Old Windmill Hall.

Keith said: “A lot of people still don’t know about the council’s plans for the park.

“It is not a particularly big park so if they will really notice a difference if the plans are agreed.”

The group is also appealing for new members.

Anyone interested in joining should contact janet@friendsofupminsterpark.com

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