Playtime at revamped Washdyke

BUDDING GARDENERS -- friends Kaitlyn McLean (eight) and Emily Bannerman (seven), who planted bulbs at the event -- DISPIC NHUD11-2827-1

BUDDING GARDENERS -- friends Kaitlyn McLean (eight) and Emily Bannerman (seven), who planted bulbs at the event -- DISPIC NHUD11-2827-1

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PUMPKIN-carving in time for Hallowe’en was one of the attractions as more than 100 children turned out for an autumn play day in Hucknall.

Youngsters and their parents flocked to the Washdyke Lane recreation ground during the school half-term break.

A craft session saw children work with Nottinghamshire artist Annette Waterfield to create a colourful banner, bunting and decorations. These will be used for future play days at the venue, which has been revamped with tens of thousands of pounds worth of new equipment.

The event was organised by Notts County Council as part of the Ashfield Play Partnership, which also involves Ashfield District Council.

Support came from the Friends Of Washdyke Lane volunteer group.

Other highlights included a visit by the No Strings Puppet Theatre, of Edwinstowe, which worked with children on willow sculptures.

Neil McCarthy, a play worker for Ashfield employed by the county council, said: “Lots of families gave their support and it was a wonderful day.”