Festival in the park is a success

FAMILIES from around Headlands and Eastfield in Northampton came together for a festival in the park linking the two areas.

The event in Eastfield Park featured a steel band, skate park, children’s entertainment and a host of live music.

Organiser Tony Mallard, who represents Eastfield Residents’ Association on the Headlands and Eastfield neighbourhood management board, said it was an enormous success.

He said: “I’ve run an annual event in the summer here for several years now without a problem.”

In March of this year an event in the park was spoiled by violent groups of people, but Mr Mallard said there was no threat of that this weekend.

He added: “At that event the problem was letting people drink, but this is a family event with different kinds of entertainment.”

Among the attractions were a dog show, majorette displays, a jazz quartet and Arabian dancers.

Borough councillor Jean Hawkins (Lib Dem, Eastfield) said the day had gone extremely well: “The lovely thing about this is we are developing a team now to do this every year and this will be part of a friends’ group for the park. The most important thing is the sun is shining and everybody is really relaxed and happy.”

Northampton North MP Sally Keeble said the event was a fantastic way to publicise the park: “I think this park is one of the real gems of Northampton. It’s a fantastic place but it’s very unused and under-developed. The local community has been doing a lot of work to organise and get views about what’s needed for it and I think that’s really important for this area.”

And Northampton Mayor, Councillor Lee Mason (Labour, Lumbertubs), added: “This event is great. It looks absolutely fantastic and I’m very pleased to be here in such lovely weather.”

Anyone interested in leading walking groups around the park as part of a new fitness initiative can find out more by calling Councillor Hawkins on Northampton 499611.