Hundreds celebrate Hertsmere park's centenary

PUBLISHED: 17:35 16 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:23 20 February 2013

Hundreds celebrate Hertsmere park's centenary

Hundreds celebrate Hertsmere park's centenary

Hundreds of people stepped back in time at an Edwardian party to celebrate the centenary of a Hertsmere park.

Hundreds of people stepped back in time at an Edwardian party to celebrate the centenary of a Hertsmere park.
Visitors of every age enjoyed a whole host of activities, from classic fairground games to a five-a-side football and tennis competition, marking 100 years of the King George Recreation Ground in Bushey on Saturday May 5.
And unlike at the opening of the park on May 5, 1912, despite overcast skies, the rain stayed away.
Brenda Batten, portfolio holder of leisure and culture at the Hertsmere Borough Council, which owns the park, said: I want to thank everyone who helped to make the centenary celebrations a success, in particular the Friends of King George Recreation Ground.

The day was a brilliant opportunity for families and people of every age to come out and enjoy this very important local amenity.
King George Recreation Ground has been at the heart of the community for such a long time, and this event proves it is as popular now as it was when it first opened.
As well as music from Borehamwood Brass Band, classic fairground fun at a Punch and Judy show and bewitching entertainment at a magic show, visitors were able to see a vintage fire engine up close.
There was also a display of historic pictures from the Bushey Museum and Bushey Horticultural Society, and leaflets about the park designed by youngsters from Merry Hill Infant School.

Prizes were handed out to winners of a birthday card competition judged by Cllr Batten and Cllr Linda Silver, who represents the Bushey Park ward.
Childrens author Andrea Black read from her latest novel The Adventures of Skippity Hop, which tells the story of a rabbit who lives in the park, and Hertsmere mayor Peter Knell gave a speech about the history of the park.
While La Dolce Vita caf helped to keep hunger at bay with a generous supply of cream teas an Edwardian favourite.
The park, created on former farmland, was one of the first in Hertfordshire to be granted a Green Flag Award in 1999. It has picked up the award, which recognises well-managed parks, every year since then.
Mike Shrives, chairman of the Friends group, said: The centenary celebrations have made even more people aware of the fact that there is a lovely park on their doorstep, which has a lot of facilities.

The day was really well-attended and everybody worked really well as a team to make the day happen.
Shaz Setoudeh of Hertsmere Leisure, who helped to organise the event said: A big thank you for all those who helped make this event a success. This event clearly demonstrates how partnership work provides a good back drop to any event.
All partners played a role in delivering something for every member of our community. We will continue to work in partnership and deliver more successful events.
An exhibition on the history of the park is running at Bushey Museum until 24 June. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.

Pictures by Blake Ezra Photography

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