Summer fun celebrating King’s Park 75th anniversary

The Kings Park party starts to get underway
The Kings Park party starts to get underway

Sunshine, smiles and celebrations were the order of the day in Retford on Saturday as the town came out to enjoy a special summer day in the park.

A fun-filled day for the whole family was organised by members of Totally Locally in conjunction with Bassetlaw Council to mark King’s Park’s 75th anniversary and the weather didn’t disappoint.

Crowds flocked to the town centre venue, which is the jewel in Retford’s crown, to enjoy all that was on offer in the fresh air.

There was a packed program of activities and performances planned during the day including John Berry on stage with his blues and jazz music, members of the Lynx Martial Arts Club giving a demonstration and youngsters from the Louise Clarkson Dance School performing several routines for visitors to enjoy.

As well as entertainment, visitors could stroll around several stalls from cakes to plants to charity games and raffles and activities for children including a pluck-a-duck stall.

“It was a fantastic day,” said lead organiser Carol White of EES Show Hire. “The atmosphere was great and the whole community came together.

“It was an event organised by Retford people for Retford people,” added Carol, who came up with the idea and enlisted the help of Bassetlaw Council and businesses in the town.”

The fun and frolics spilled over into the town centre too with traders joining in the celebrations to make it an event the whole town could enjoy.

“Bunting was put up across the market and the museum, which was running a Farming and Countryside Weekend, and had vintage tractors, a bus and cars which people could ride in to the park.”

The event was themed around the past seven decades to recognise the anniversary with people adding to the atmosphere by wearing fancy dress.

“The whole thing was well attended and supported with a constant stream of visitors. All I saw were happy faces all across town.”

Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Coun Julie Leigh said: “We estimate that more than 3,500 people visited the park on Saturday to help celebrate this fantastic facility and create an amazing community spirit.

“I’d also like to thank the people who worked extremely hard to make this event happen and recognise the partnership between the council and Totally Locally. I’m sure the original creators of the park would have been delighted to see that King’s Park is such a treasured local facility all these years later.”