Free family day at county park

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Residents are being invited to a family fun day at an Ashington park to share memories and photos from the past.

This year is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Hirst Park in Ashington, or the Flower Park as it is widely known.

To celebrate and gather ideas for improving the park a free family fun day is being held in the park on Monday, July 20.

The afternoon of family fun runs from noon to 4pm and will include children’s funfair rides, sports games and activities, football competitions and Play Ranger games and activities, all free to take part in.

The organisers are also asking visitors to bring along old photos of the park, even from just ten or twenty years ago, to be entered for the Best Old Photo competition, with prizes on offer.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, from Northumberland County Council, said: “The event promises to be a great day out for the whole family and we’d love to share memories and photos of the park from the past.”

The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland, who are asking for ideas to improve the Park through an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ award.

Email suggestions to hirstpark@northumberland.gov.uk or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/hirstpark