Crowds flock to Party in the Park

MUSIC MAKERS: The Samboomba Samba Band get the party started.
MUSIC MAKERS: The Samboomba Samba Band get the party started.
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Thousands of people soaked up the sun while enjoying picnics and entertainment in Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park.

An estimated 4,000 people attended this year’s Party in the Park on Sunday.

Organiser Teresa Elford said the event, running for the fifth year, had once again proved popular.

“It was a really good event and there was so much going on,” she said.

“There was a lovely atmosphere and we had lots of people coming in with picnics and then staying for the rest of the day.”

The party was started in carnival style by the Samboomba Samba Band and followed by music from a number of local bands. There was also a climbing wall, trampoline and circus workshop, as well a martial arts display and a children’s performer.

“All the acts and displays were brilliant,” said Mrs Elford. “People get so excited about the event and we get lots of people contacting us to get involved. It has become very popular and we even had baby ballet for the first time this year, which was adorable.”

Security guards brought in to prevent a repeat of last year’s drunken fight helped proceedings pass peacefully.

“There was no trouble at all and everyone was so friendly and nice,” said Mrs Elford, who played down calls for the event to be moved to a larger venue.

“People have said we have outgrown Belle Vue but if we moved to somewhere like the Delphi it would not be the same atmosphere. I don’t think we would get the same response – 
people like going to Belle Vue.”