PARK lovers have celebrated a new award – and are already looking forward to their next big day.

Beaumont Park in Huddersfield was given a Green Flag Award last week.

The national award marks it out as one of the best green spaces in the country.

Following the announcement, Kirklees Council workers and volunteers from Friends of Beaumont Park gathered to raise their new Green Flag and celebrate their achievement.

The first event they will host following the top accolade will be a summer gala this weekend.

Friends of Beaumont Park are holding the Gala Day on Sunday from 1 to 5pm.

Beaumont Park was honoured shortly after a £200,000 project to restore its 19th century bandstand.

The revamp saw park bosses build a replica of the original 1883 bandstand and install it on the stone base of the old Victorian one.

Three other Kirklees parks also gained the award – Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury, Wilton Park in Batley and Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall.

Oakwell Hall retained its award for a seventh time.

Beaumont Park’s gala on Sunday will feature Knottingley Band on the bandstand, Pennine Jazz on the terrace, a fairground, donkeys, Knottingley Nightingale Cheerleaders, Valley Royale Majorettes, African drummers doing workshops, Sugar Brown Dance, the mobile library, karate displays, refreshments and stalls.

Due to parking restrictions around the park visitors are urged to park in the Moor End Technology College car park at Dryclough Road, Crosland Moor.