Even sun makes an appearance as crowds enjoy Big Lunch in the park

Published on: 01 Jul 2016

Picnic In the Park

THE Big Lunch has been hailed a huge success as thousands turned up to enjoy a family day out in Page Park.
Rain had at first threatened to wreak havoc but the wet weather soon gave way to clear skies which brought people out in their droves.
The event, which took place on Sunday June 12 and was organised by the Friends of Page Park, was aimed at bringing families out to enjoy the open space and the entertainment which was laid on.
As music played from the bandstand, people tucked into picnics and children played together and took part in various activities.
Officers from South Gloucestershire Council were on-hand to talk to visitors about the plans for the park and there were various stalls including bee-keeping.
Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends, said it was great to see the whole community come together to enjoy the historic park.
"The weather forecast wasn't very good so we were keeping an eye on it. At 7am it was tipping down with rain but as the forecasters said it was going to clear up at around 10am, we decided we were going to go ahead with the event.
"The weather turned out to be lovely and we ended up having the most beautiful day. The people of Staple Hill supported us and everybody came out. We had thousands there again. It was really lovely."
Special guests included Gloucestershire's Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter, and  members of the Page family whose ancestor, Alderman Arthur William Page, gave up some of his garden to create the 19-acre park for the local community in 1910.
During the event, the Page family opened the new play area which forms part of new plans to transform the park after a successful £1.6 million lottery bid.

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