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Thousands descend on Belle Vue Park, in Sudbury, for 10th annual Party in the Park

PUBLISHED: 19:17 22 July 2018

The crowds at Party in the Park in Sudbury. Picture: RUSSELL COOK

The crowds at Party in the Park in Sudbury. Picture: RUSSELL COOK

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Thousands of people, many who bought along blankets, chairs ... and armed with sun cream ... descended on Sudbury for the town’s popular Party in the Park.

Baby Ballet about to give a demonstration at Party in the Park at Sudbury. Picture: AMI BIRRELLBaby Ballet about to give a demonstration at Party in the Park at Sudbury. Picture: AMI BIRRELL

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary an estimated 3,000 people were at the event held at Belle Vue Park, today.

And they had a wide variety of attractions to choose from on a blazing hot day.

The free event, run by Sudbury Town Council, aims to raise the profile of the diverse range of clubs and groups in and around the town with a day of family fun.

There was dance, keep fit, baby ballet, exercise along with live music and food and drink stalls.

Riding the bull attraction at Party in the Park. Picture: RUSSELL COOKRiding the bull attraction at Party in the Park. Picture: RUSSELL COOK

Other activities included face painting, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, slides, inflatable gladiator games, a rodeo bull, children’s bumper cars and zorb football.

Throughout the day and into the night live music was performed by a wide range of acts split across two stages right throught to 9pm.

Opening the event at 11am was a procession through the park to set the tone for the fun packed day.

Making up the procession was the Phoenix Community Marchers along with the Royal British Legion buglars from Stowmarket Boys’ Brigade and local piper Tricia Drawbridge.

A karate demonstration at Party in the Park in Sudbury. Picture: RUSSELL COOKA karate demonstration at Party in the Park in Sudbury. Picture: RUSSELL COOK

Ami Birrell the town centre manager and events co-ordinator for the town council, said that the day had been a great success and she said that by mid afternoon an estimated 3,000 people had been to the park for the event.

“It’s been a great day and the weather has been fantastic which helps a great deal.

“It’s all about bringing the community together for the day and for local groups to showcase what they have available to the public. Everybody is really happy and having a great time.

“It’s all about being local ... local groups, local talent, local stalls.”

Having fun at Party in the Park in Sudbury. Picture: RUSSELL COOKHaving fun at Party in the Park in Sudbury. Picture: RUSSELL COOK

Among the stallholders was the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Sudbury and District Swimming Club, One Life Suffolk, Royal British Legion and Street Watch.

In the arena the event was opened by the Mayor of Sudbury Sue Ayres and she was followed by displays by Baby Ballet, Just Jay Dance, Sharon Swing Jive, Mr Bean, Phoenix Community Marchers.

Meanwhile, local bands and entertainers featured Kyle Toolan, Gen Irving, TBS Allstars, MySound, Ben Smith, Alicia Hall, Aimee Heloise Sheppard, Matt Haines and Paul Ginno, Will Ginno, Serena Grant, Chloe Hawes, Rehmidi, Isaac Dalgish, Anna Bruce and The Dirty Blues Band.

There was also Punch and Judy shows through the day along with magic shows and plenty of food and drink stalls.

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