Celebration party for restoration team
A PARTY to celebrate everyone who has been involved in restoring Staple Hill's Page Park takes place later this month.
The community is being invited to Party in the Park on Saturday June 15 when they will be able to mingle with the movers and shakers who made the heritage lottery project possible.
Councillors, council workers, project managers and charity representatives will join the Friends of Page Park to celebrate the completion of the lion's share of the work, which has seen the park transformed to its former Victorian glory complete with cafe, community room and restored clocktower and drinking fountain.
The fun kicks off at 11am and runs until 5pm. There promises to be something for all members of the family to enjoy from stalls and rides to activities and entertainment.
Councillor Ian Boulton will compère the action on the bandstand which starts with the Kris Nock Big Band playing jazz and big band pieces as well as more modern arrangements.
Other acts include the Chris Stanley Band, the Great Day Choir, 145's, the Rock Choir, the 40s-style singers Marionettes and five-piece indie rock band Busk.
There will be an arena with further entertainment including dancing from pupils at the Tynings and performances from Dancing Tots, children's dance group Rise and Red X. There will also be tai chi, belly dancing and yoga displays.
Just after 2pm, there will be speeches from people who have helped make the project possible such as representatives from South Gloucestershire Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Steph Purser, vice chair of Friends of Page Park, said: “We have lots of people coming who have supported us with the restoration work throughout the years. Without them, we would not be having the celebration because the work would not have been done. They have been amazing.
“The event is a celebration of Page Park and the lottery project which made it all possible.
“There will be lots to do for people of all ages. We have children's activities, food stalls, fairground rides, charity and information stalls, fire engine, face painting and much more.”
Steph said she believed the party would be quite an emotional affair for everyone who had invested time and money into the ambitious project.
“It's been an incredible journey and something we dreamed about all those years ago. It was just a dream back then, something we never thought would happen but with the help of everybody, we've achieved something incredible.
“We've all worked very hard to get to where we are now but we have produced something pretty special.
“The impact of the community has been amazing. The park gets so many visitors and it makes you realise just how important parks are. The project is something we can all be proud of.”