THOUSANDS of people flocked to Sudbury’s Party in the Park on Saturday, as the annual event clocked up its greatest number of visitors in three years.
Organisers estimated more than 3,000 people poured into Belle Vue Park to watch a programme of dance and sports displays in the arena, enjoy side stalls and attractions – or to just chill out on the grass with a picnic.
The weather helped bring in the crowds and Sudbury Town Council, which organises the event, said it had been lucky in getting good weather for all of the three years it has run.
The show started at 11am with a procession by the Samboomba Samba Band and finished to the strains of Highly Strung, with singer Michael Hinch, and Elliot’s Band in the performing bands finale until 8pm.
During the day, there were demonstrations by a variety of community arts and sports clubs, including the Shotokan Karate group, Xtreme Dance Group, Sistars dance and fitness group, the Chat Yein Kuen Kung Fu School, Theatretrain, the Kingfisher Leisure Centre fitness class, and Free to Dance.
Other attractions included line dancing, penalty shoot outs, hockey, a circus workshop, a free climbing wall, displays of BMX and skateboarding and a drop-in music session to try guitars, drums and bongos.
Show sponsor juice company Copella Fruit Farm, from Boxford, had a stand giving away free samples.
Organisers declared the self-funding party “a complete success” and have already starting booking attractions and shows for next year.