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PICTURES: Thousands of people flock to annual Party in the Park in Clare


By Newsdesk Sudbury


Clare Party in the Park - Bob Horsfield and Marion Horsfield in Dickensian costume..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161399)
Clare Party in the Park - Bob Horsfield and Marion Horsfield in Dickensian costume..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161399)

Flaming June lived up to its name last Saturday when thousands of people turned out for Clare’s annual Party in the Park.

Although the temperature shot up to 30 degrees, it did not reach last year’s high.

Gary Brown chairman of the party organising group Clare Community Association, said: “Thankfully, it wasn’t as hot as last year when it was 35 degrees. It was still quite warm on Saturday.”

He added: “We are a committee of 10 people but we couldn’t do it without the help of our 30 to 40 volunteers who do a great job.”

Clare Party in the Park - Thomas Markwell, 8 takes aim..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161393)
Clare Party in the Park - Thomas Markwell, 8 takes aim..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161393)

This year’s party was held on Clare Playing Fields in Cavendish Road as Clare’s Castle Park is being reseeded.

Mr Brown said: “We were told some time ago that the park would not be available, but it should be fine for the next time.

“The new venue worked well and we had a tremendous turnout. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves.”

Clare Party in the Park - Daisy Pidgeon, 4 on the swings..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161391)
Clare Party in the Park - Daisy Pidgeon, 4 on the swings..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161391)

Entry to the event was free, with live music provided by rock band Gunrunner and solo artists Marc Salmon, Serena Grant and Phil Harrington.

There were games, rides, craft stalls, food stalls and a bar.

For the first year, organisers introduced a new twister game challenge for visitors.

All proceeds from Party in the Park get ploughed back into the association’s funds in order to run the event again next year, which takes nine months to plan and organise.

Clare Party in the Park - Sammy Moroney from Shoe Ents paints Bethany Carlsson, 6 as an angel..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161400)
Clare Party in the Park - Sammy Moroney from Shoe Ents paints Bethany Carlsson, 6 as an angel..Pic - Richard Marsham. (13161400)


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