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Families set for a day of fun in Hanford Park

Published: Thursday, 20th July 2017

A Stoke-on-Trent park is set to be taken over by inflatable gladiators, zorb football, street games and face painting, as part of a family fun day.

Hundreds of people are expected to pack Hanford Park on Saturday for a whole host of activities between 12-4pm.

The event is being supported by ward budgets from Stoke-on-Trent City Council members Dan Jellyman and Terry Follows, as well as local businesses and groups.

Councillor Jellyman said: “This is a fantastic event for all the family to enjoy and I’m thrilled to be supporting it. Last year 1,300 people came along and got stuck into activities including sports and maypole dancing.

“Our UK City of Culture 2021 shortlisting is really creating a buzz across the city, and it is events like this where we can come together and celebrate the communities in which we live.”

Events on the day also include mini golf, balloon modelling, stalls and crafts. Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will join the festivities, and there will be one of the famous ‘Green Goddess’ engines for families to see. Stoke-on-Trent Lions and Hanford Village Residents Association will have stalls and Hanford St Matthias Church tea room will have refreshments.

Councillor Terry Follows added: “We wanted to involve as many community groups as possible in this event. It is something we can all get behind and take pride in. There are events for everyone to take part in, so there is no excuse not to come along and have some fun!”

The fun day is also being backed through fundraising by Hanford Village Residents Association, sponsored by Spear Travels, and supported by Hanford Sea Scouts, Trentham Rugby Club and Hanford Cricket Club.

Hanford Village Residents Association chair Eric Bailey said: “The residents group has been going 10 years now but before we started these events in the park, no-one really knew we existed. Since then people stop me in the streets to talk about things in the community and it has really brought people together.

“The fun day is the first weekend of the summer holidays and it is a fantastic family day. There will be lots to see and do, we even have a hovercraft taking part! It’s great to see everyone mix together.”

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