Play Close Party in the Park event is a hit with families

Some of the Mars Petcare team enjoy their day  PHOTO: Tim Williams
Some of the Mars Petcare team enjoy their day PHOTO: Tim Williams
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A party in the park family day led by Mars Petcare’s Melton manufacturing plant team has raised £1,751 for a number of good causes.

The event held in the town’s Play Close Park on Saturday, saw around 400 people turn up for some outdoor entertainment. It aimed to raise money for Hounds for Heroes, Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary and Dogs Trust.

Mars staff played pirates to run the treasure hunt 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Mars staff played pirates to run the treasure hunt PHOTO: Tim Williams

Attractions on the day included bouncy castles, classic cars, kids games, food stalls, a dog agility, stocks and sponges and a pirate themed treasure hunt.

There was also a working fire engine and a visit from Melton Police.

Organiser Pete Wakefield said: “We’re proud to have provided such a successful free day to the public.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to the Melton Mowbray Town Estate for letting us use the park at a reduced cost and 103 The Eye for compering the event.

4-year-old Melissa Wilton does her best Lewis Hamilton impression 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

4-year-old Melissa Wilton does her best Lewis Hamilton impression PHOTO: Tim Williams

“Plenty of children and families turned up and it only rained lightly twice so the weather didn’t spoil the fun.

“We’re looking to go bigger and better next year and have plenty of space for people to set up attractions. If interested people should visit our website at http://international.mars.com/uk/en/about-mars/contact-us.aspx and call the Petcare team number.”

When the finger points...103 The Eye DJs Steve Hack, Ian Bott and Emma Wilford 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

When the finger points...103 The Eye DJs Steve Hack, Ian Bott and Emma Wilford PHOTO: Tim Williams

Sarah Hamblin puts her Mexican Xolo through its paces on the dog agility course 
PHOTO: Tim Williams

Sarah Hamblin puts her Mexican Xolo through its paces on the dog agility course PHOTO: Tim Williams