Party in the Park              Friday,  Sunday, 12th June, 2016
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Wrington’s main event over the weekend of the Queen’s offical 90th birthday, The Party in the Park (i.e. The Rec) was very well attended in brilliant sunshine. All the clubs and local businesses of Wrington came together on to put on a Party In The Park to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday; and we raised over £5,000. Not since the Silver Jubilee, in 1977, has the Rec been so colourful and full of people. Wrington Primary School children decorated bunting for the event, and eagerly displayed their designs around the cricket square. Music impresario Kenny Briggs put together a full programme of performances, from local dance and karate classes to Bristol Musical Theatre, Amplify Singers and rock bands: Ghostweed, Karma Control, Start and Storm. The quality of the music was superb, and the Rec was buzzing, from a professional stage provided by J.W. and T.J. Pearce and ICS Scaffolding. El Strawb finished off the evening with his unique act. Nick Taplin, of Double Tree by Hilton at Cadbury House, supplied the barbecue. The Black and White Hospitality Team provided a cocktail bar, which was a great hit. Party Pig and Alvis Brothers put on a Pig Roast, of which, by the end of the day, there was nothing left but the squeak. The Golden Lion Pub donated a barrel of Wickwar beer, and helicopter rides and balloon rides were offered by Captain Hall (Polo Aviation) and Bern of REM Events. A whole range of stalls and donations from a long list of supporters, organised by Natasha Marshall, added to the success of the day. The raffle was boosted by a Laser Leveller from Travis Perkins, and a highlight was 'Don't be Shy', a coconut shy run by Bill Gough, of the football and skittles clubs, with coconuts provided by Mark Rudge. The tea tent was stocked with cakes made by Mary Brean, Karen Atyeo, Lucie Howell, June Clements and Ann Brean, with help from Tanya Filer and Liz Baber. Everyone's faces were painted by Nicky Marsh and Becky Palmer. The President of the Wrington Sports and Social Club, Roy Clements, who has lived next to the Rec all his life, thanked everyone for their support and hard work, which made it such a special day for the whole village. Special thanks go to Rachel, Kim Hunt, David and Hester Hunt, who, between them, conceived and ran the event. Auctioneer Andrew Clements, from Greenslades Taylor Hunt, acted as compère throughout the day, in his habitual urbane style. There are so many other people to thank, including Darren, the Parish Council, Clare, Colin, Ann, Tory, The Three Stooges, and Owen on the gate - I could go on and mention virtually everyone in the village. Mike Clements