Party in the Park 2012

All around Britain celebrations were planned to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In Hodnet a Party in the Park was arranged for the afternoon and evening of Sunday 3rd June. However, when the big day came a band of wet weather settled over much of England and Wales, causing hundreds of street parties to be moved indoors, whilst more hardy groups battled on in the wet. Locally Hodnet’s event became a Party in the Rain, with people dashing from tent to tent between the heavier showers.

The event went ahead, though some of the programme had to be amended due to rain. The Scouts’ outdoor activities – climbing wall, cave experience, obstacle course and wellie wanging – all suffered as few ventured across the Recreation Ground in the wet. Of the smaller stalls the Character Jug Shop’s Crack-a-Crock opportunity seemed to attract most customers – perhaps it was one way people could express their frustration!

A good number of entries for the various baking classes were received and as ever there were proud winners and disappointed unplaced entrants. Auctioning the entries after they had been judged provided fun for all those who had held on until the end of the afternoon. Children’s entertainment was provided first by Julie’s Magical Experience and later by Box of Tricks. Towards the end of the afternoon a small number of talented  young people  entertained those who were still there through the open mike session. At the same time a number of groups sat down determined to have their Jubilee picnic and whilst the marquee provided a shelter from the persistent rain, tables had to be positioned carefully to avoid drips!

The evening’s entertainment was moved indoors to Hodnet Social Club, where a good number of people had taken shelter for much of the day.

We are sure as the web team that we speak on behalf of many people when we say a big thank you to Janice Parker and the whole team who worked hard at putting on the day. No one could predict the weather until a few days before when it became clear that the hoped-for fine and warm day was not going to be. Thanks for taking the lead and getting the day organised. The planned programme for the day is available on this page.

Below are a selection of photos of the day taken by Randall Hardy. If you would like to add to them, please contact us. Click on a photo to enlarge it.

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