Thousands head to park to celebrate jubilee
THOUSANDS of people enjoyed one of the region's biggest celebrations of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in Page Park.
Crowds listened to music, visited stalls, ate, drank and spread out across the park to socialise and relax at the event staged by the Friends of Page Park on June 4.
There were rides and games, competitions and performances throughout a day to remember, with were queues for everything from the fairground rides and food stalls to the Royal British Legion tombola.
Friends vice-chair Steph Purser and her husband John organised the event and coordinated its team of more than 30 volunteers.
Steph said: "The Friends of Page Park thank everyone for joining us, taking part and making the event so memorable.
"We always get good support from Staple Hill but to see everyone sitting out there picnicking, families and friends grouped all together, was better than our wildest dreams – even our silly games stall ran out of prizes!
"The aim was to bring the community together – we needed to party in the park after the last couple of years we've had.
"It was perfect, and such a relief after putting in so much effort."
Planning for the event had started more than a year ago.
It was funded partly by the Friends but also by South Gloucestershire Council's jubilee fund, with further donations via Staple Hill & Mangotsfield ward councillors Michael Bell and Ian Boulton, paying for first aid and toilet provision.
The event was the last to be organised by Steph and John, who after 12 years are handing over to a committee under Melody Beard of the Bean Tree Cafe.
And more volunteers are needed to make sure future events are also a success.
Steph said: "We need new ideas and fresh faces. Many of us are now over 65 so we need the younger generation to come in and start taking things on now."
Anyone who would like to help organise future events should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Jubilee celebrations in pictures: Pages 32-37