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SLIDESHOW: Wetherby’s families enjoy a Lark in the Park

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The fourth Lark in the Park was a great day for the Friends of Sandringham Park, who organise the event every year.

The group has also just won its third Green Flag award, so the day was also something of a celebration.

More than 150 people are thought to have attended the fun day in the park, enjoying the various activities available.

These included a birds of prey display, a miniature train that children could ride, a bouncy castle, face-painting stalls, and various food stands.

Chair of the Friends of Sandringham Park and Wetherby town councillor Kazie Knight said the day is as much about bringing people together as it is raising funds to make sure the park continues to flourish.

She said: “We run it to see if we can raise some money for the park, but it is also about community cohesion, that is one of our biggest things.

“We want people to be able to come together and meet.

“It was a success.

“We had a lot of people there and we had people saying they hope we put it on next year as well.

“And it was well attended by people from the area, and that gives us a chance to talk to people about the park.”

Coun Knight also said the day’s takings, which were being totalled as we went to print, would help the Friends of Sandringham Park continue their important work.

This will include planting more trees and flowers and developing the land.

She said: “We are also going to make sure we continue working with young people.

“There used to be antisocial behaviour there, which is long gone now, but we want to make sure everybody is happy.”

Last year the formerly troubled spot again won a prestigious Green Flag award and was given a new lease of life for the community.

Friends of Sandringham Park was formed by residents who took charge of the area after complaining of litter and anti-social behaviour.

Working with young people, dog walkers and neighbours, who work to keep the area trouble free, the Friends action group has transformed the once deserted park into a well-used facility.

Wetherby was one of a record-breaking 1,476 parks and green spaces that this year received the Green Flag Award from the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“Quality green spaces are a vital resource for communities and that is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

The park also featured in the town’s celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the group received a personal letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace after planting an oak tree to commemorate the event.

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