Hucknall park event draws in the crowds

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A family event on Hucknall Titchfield Park last Saturday proved to be a popular summertime attraction.

Churches Together in Hucknall, Linby and Papplewick joined forces with Hucknall Tourism and Regeneration Group to organise the community sports and fun day.

A total of 1,000 people are estimated to have passed through the park during the four hours of the event.

There was a whole-hearted response to an appeal by the Rev Vanessa Hollingworth, of Seymour Road Baptist Church, for people to ‘enjoy the fun and be part of the family’.

Many made a beeline to a tent housing animals from White Post Farm in Mansfield.

A bearded dragon lizard named Sidney was a particular favourite, happily perching on children’s arms.

Among other species represented were a gecko, a corn snake, a tarantula, a large rabbit, mice, hamsters and guinea pigs.

Terry Spalding, of Mansfield Fire Museum, attended with a water tender which was used by firefighters from 1953 to 1973.

Children showed an enthusiastic reaction to a programme of sports events and a highlight was a tug-of-war.

Hucknall’s Sure Start Children’s Centre arranged a treasure hunt and there was a gift stall. Music was provided and one tent was set aside for people wanting to enjoy a quiet moment. Hucknall Rotary Club offered first-aid if needed.

The organisers were delighted with the turnout and it may now become an annual event.