Organisers gear up for family fun day at new-look park

NMAC11-1344-1''Rtn Kevin Bowman, third left, President of the Rotary Club of Mansfield,  pictured at the event to mark the clean up of Berry Hill Park which was held at the UDM Offices on Monday. Also pictured from the left, are; Ray Jackson-Smith Secretary of the Trustees, Matthew Baggaley, Steve Devine-Bradbury, Tim Naylor and David Fisher, Chairman of the Friends of Berry Hill.

NMAC11-1344-1''Rtn Kevin Bowman, third left, President of the Rotary Club of Mansfield, pictured at the event to mark the clean up of Berry Hill Park which was held at the UDM Offices on Monday. Also pictured from the left, are; Ray Jackson-Smith Secretary of the Trustees, Matthew Baggaley, Steve Devine-Bradbury, Tim Naylor and David Fisher, Chairman of the Friends of Berry Hill.

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PREPARATIONS are well underway for a special, family fun day at Mansfield’s spruced up Berry Hill Park.

The summer spectacular takes place on 12th June, from 10am-4pm, and will feature a host of attractions and activities for all the family across the park - which was given a makeover in April as part of a huge community up day.

Organised by Mansfield Rotary Club in association with Chad, the six-hour event will include:

l Fairground rides.

l A six-race Donkey Derby.

l Donkey rides

l A dog show.

l A falconry display.

l Live music on the revamped bandstand.

Admission will be £10 for a family pass, which covers the cost of the programme containing the equivalent of £30 worth of vouchers to use on rides and attractions on the day.

Said Rotn Stewart Rickersey: “We need to get across to the public that it’s £10 for a programme and inside the park (the rides are) free.

“The £10 admission can be for a single mum with a child or for a family of four- but there’s probably more than £30 if not £40 worth of free rides.

“It’s going to be a great value for money day out.

“The preparations are going really well, we’re pretty much on schedule.”

The Donkey Derby competition is believed to be the first event of its kind in the town for more than 30 years.

Organisers say there is still time for individuals or firms to sponsor a donkey or advertise in the programme - while slots are available for local bands to perform on the bandstand

All proceeds from the fun day will be spent on improving the park over the next few years.

The family fun day will take place a week after a second clean up of the park on 4th June.

Many of the jobs have already been assigned to those who took part in the April clean up - but the Rotary Club would like help from any glazing firms who could install PVC windows in the bandstand and buildings at the athletics club.

It is also appealing for any plumber to come forward to carry out repairs to the toilet block.

l For more details about the fun day or the second clean up, contact Mansfield Rotary Club on Mansfield 706540 or email stewartr@globalnet.co.uk.