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Families enjoy free activities in Victoria Park as Newbury Town Council host fun Family Day



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There was family fun aplenty in Newbury at the weekend, hosted by the town council.

The Family Day, which was officially opened by Newbury mayor Gary Norman, was held in Victoria Park on Sunday (June 12) and hundreds of people went along to enjoy the free activities in the summer sunshine.

There was entertainment on the bandstand, with the Ragtime Theatre School, folk band ‘Whoosya’ and Watership Brass finishing off the day with a spectacular ensemble of popular tunes including ‘Superman’ and a Wurzels medley.

The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day
The Victoria Park fun day

Martin Colston (Lib Dem, West Fields), leader of Newbury Town Council, was there to see everyone enjoying the fun day.

He said: “We are so pleased to have been able to put on this free event for families in Newbury. It was such a lovely day and great to see so many people come along and enjoy the facilities and activities we have in the park.”

A climbing wall proved a popular attraction, as did the fire service and neighbourhood police teams, who brought along their vehicles for people to explore.

George Bravery, age 5, at the fun day
George Bravery, age 5, at the fun day
Alexandra Ghinea, age 10, enjoys seeing the police car at the fun day
Alexandra Ghinea, age 10, enjoys seeing the police car at the fun day
Mayor Gary Norman officially opened the fun day
Mayor Gary Norman officially opened the fun day
Magic by Ronny Rabbit
Magic by Ronny Rabbit

For the younger visitors there were Punch and Judy shows, which were “a real hit” and the local branch of Rugby Tots had free 20 minute try out sessions for two-seven year olds.

The bowls club also opened its doors to visitors keen to learn more about what is on offer there.

Ragtime Theatre School performed at the fun day
Ragtime Theatre School performed at the fun day
Ragtime Theatre School performed at the fun day
Ragtime Theatre School performed at the fun day
Entertainment at the Victoria Park fun day
Entertainment at the Victoria Park fun day

With the warm weather on Sunday, the splash park was also very busy and Newbury Adventure Golf, the park’s latest attraction, was also in full swing, with people of all ages enjoying the fun.

The tennis courts, in the centre of the park, also hosted the inaugural ‘Newbury Town Council Tennis Championship’ throughout the day, with the final trophies being presented by the mayor.

The winners of the mixed doubles competition were father and daughter duo Immi and Jules Skinner.

Tennis competition winners, father and daughter team of Immi and Jules Skinner, with the mayor of Newbury Gary Norman
Tennis competition winners, father and daughter team of Immi and Jules Skinner, with the mayor of Newbury Gary Norman

Miss Skinner said: “The tournament was great fun, and we look forward to defending our title again next year!”

Tony Kerr, development manager at the National Tennis Association, which works in partnership with the town council on the tennis courts added: “We had 16 entrants for the competition on the day and were very impressed with the standard of tennis for this inaugural Newbury Town Council tennis mixed doubles competition.

“It was a great success and we are very proud to have launched this event working with the town council.”



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