Summer fun with friends in Beaumont Park
Jul 27 2009 by Sam Casey, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Hundreds flocked to Beaumont Park yesterday for a family fun day organised by friends of the park. Sam Casey reports:
FAMILIES flocked to Beaumont Park for the annual summer gala.
Hundreds of people ignored the overcast weather to enjoy a host of events organised by Friends of Beaumont Park.
Entertainment included music from Stocksbridge Band and Pennine Jazz, as well as African drummers, and Northern Image Community Arts.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service gave youngsters the chance to get behind the wheel of a fire engine.
There was also a fun fair and stalls, including West Yorkshire Geology Trust, the Forget Me Not Trust, Crosland Moor Community Shop and the Royal Air Force Association.
Peter Turner, chairman of the Friends group, said: “Considering the weather, we had a very good showing.
“We have a very good committee that works extremely hard to make the gala happen.
“Working in co-operation with Kirklees Council, we are able to open up the park and put on a lot of entertainment for families.
“And we had 40 volunteers helping out. They deserve a lot of credit.”
Kirklees Mayor Clr Julie Stewart-Turner opened the event.
She said: “I’m amazingly impressed.
“The Friends of Beaumont Park work so hard and the gala event is one of the highlights of the calendar.
“It’s always an absolute pleasure to be here and it isn’t just fundraising for the park – other charities benefit from having a presence here.”
Laura Sheridan, of Dryclough Road, brought her children Sam, six, and Clara, four, to the gala.
She said: “I just think it’s brilliant and it gets everyone out. It’s a bit of a pity it rained, but we’re still having fun.”
Martin Morrison, of Meltham Road in Lockwood, added: “It’s not often you get the whole community together like this, but it just shows that it’s worth it.
“You can tell how much work goes into it – it’s really well organised.”