Love Your Parks week is a success

The Etchells family enjoy their afternoon in the park 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

The Etchells family enjoy their afternoon in the park 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

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Families and visitors packed into Melton’s parks to enjoy a wealth of free activities in the sunshine.

The activities, which were part of the nationwide ‘Love Your Parks Week’, took place last week and were organised by the Melton Mowbray Town Estate for the fifth year running.

Liam Staff (3) brought Woolly Spider, and brother Oliver had ET for company 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Liam Staff (3) brought Woolly Spider, and brother Oliver had ET for company 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

The programme, which attracted in excess of 150 people, included free tennis, five-a-side football, a concert by the Melton Band and Kibworth Band, train rides and a bouncy castle.

New this year were childrens games including a sack race and an animal mask making competition with prizes.

The week culminated with the star attraction a teddy bears’ picnic for youngsters in Wilton Park on Friday - supported by Melton police.

Dinah Hickling, Senior Town Warden, said: “The teddy bears’ picnic rounded off a great week. We had lovely weather and both the children and their parents had a wonderful time. Melton police also supported us and brought one of their police cars with them to show children the equipment they use to fight crime.

Five-year-olds Max Parsons and Kiera Ison with their cuddly friends 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Five-year-olds Max Parsons and Kiera Ison with their cuddly friends 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

“I’d like to thank all the staff at the cafe park, those who ran the activities and some of the feoffees who attended.”

Having a Field Day are Town Estate organisers Lynda Middleton, Lee Preston and Dinah Hickling 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Having a Field Day are Town Estate organisers Lynda Middleton, Lee Preston and Dinah Hickling 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Competitors in the sack race jump to it 'PHOTO: Tim Williams

Competitors in the sack race jump to it 'PHOTO: Tim Williams