VIDEO: Pupils mark 100 years of town centre park

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Hundreds of schoolchildren took a step back in time to mark the 100th birthday of a popular Mansfield park.

As part of the national ‘Love Parks Week’, pupils from King Edward Primary School celebrated Titchfield Park’s centenary at an activity day organised by Maun Conservation Group.

Wearing Edwardian costumes, they enjoyed a picnic, then sang songs popular at that time before enjoying old-fashioned games and activities, including hopscotch and marbles.

Coun Philip Shields, from Mansfield District Council, said: “This event was a fantastic, fun way to celebrate the centenary year of Titchfield Park.

“We are extremely fortunate to benefit from a committed Friends group that works closely with our Parks Department and other groups within the local community to provide and maintain a marvellous resource.”

The park has been used since 1880 as a recreational area by the public and was formerly known as Nottingham Road Pleasure Grounds or The Water Meadows.

In 1914, the park was renamed Titchfield Park to mark the coming of age of the Duke of Portland’s son, Marquis of Titchfield. At this time the Duke of Portland, the former landowner, gave the park to The Mansfield Corporation, now known as Mansfield District Council.