Thousands flock to park to join fun

Huge crowds enjoyed a ‘fabulous’ Party in the Park on Sunday with plenty of activities and demonstrations to keep everyone entertained.

Now in its seventh year, the annual free event is put on by Sudbury Town Council, and takes place in Belle Vue Park.

It attracted up to 4,000 people who had a picnic and watched local groups perform jive dancing, martial arts, baby ballet, rugby and keep fit and enjoyed free activities such as trampoline bungee jumping, a climbing wall and mountain biking on a static track.

Town events organiser Teresa Elford said: “It was a fabulous day and a great success. We had a couple of casualties - a gentleman had a seizure in the park and we had to call an ambulance and then we had a suspected fracture when a boy fell off a bike in the skate park.

“Now we have been running the event for a while, we are able to deal with an ambulance coming on to the park very efficiently,” she added.

Members of the town council including the mayor cllr Jack Owen, deputy mayor cllr Sue Ayres and town clerk Jacquie Howells were game for a laugh when they took turns to sit in stocks and have wet sponges thrown at them.

Added Mrs Elford: “It was all in a good cause as they were raising money for the mayor’s chosen charities.”

She continued: “It was a lovely atmosphere in the park this year.

“It was quiet to start off with but then it was packed by 2pm. People enjoyed the live music and we ran a little later than expect and finished by 9.30pm.

“It was lovely to see some local bands perform and, for some of them, this was their first experience of performing live.”

She praised Ian Bishop and Joe Taylor from Amp and Deck Music Project and the bands Junkshop, Nikki Cook, The Flaming Llamas and Blue Meteors.

County councillors John Sayers donated £500 towards a gazebo to keep the stage weatherproof and Colin Spence donated £500 towards a static mountain 
bike track.

Contributed pictures from Teresa Elford.