Record breaking attendance at Party in the Park

September 30 2016

Golden Hill’s Party in the Park (PITP) celebrated in style at the 10th anniversary event with their highest ever official attendance. A magnificent 4,521 people came to join in the fun and games at the Golden Hill site - 1,000 more than last year.

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Golden Hill’s Party in the Park (PITP) celebrated in style at the 10th anniversary event with their highest ever official attendance. A magnificent 4,521 people came to join in the fun and games at the Golden Hill site - 1,000 more than last year.

One of the main organisers of this large community event is Chris Drew. He said: “Party in the Park was sent up 10 years ago as a part of our business plan to both repay the English Cricket Board loan and also to say thank you to the community for their tremendous support during our ground purchase campaign. The aim of  PITP is to "bring the community together" and we see this with all our events where our sports field is the meeting place for the community and our Golden Hill ground conveniently sits right on the border.” 

This year’s event was opened by Western Storm/England Ladies Cricket International, Fran Wilson. Golden Hill girls cricket team took full advantage of Fran's appearance with photo opportunities and autographs. Fran also provided some coaching to the girls' cricket and YMCA boys cricket players.

The organisers of PITP always try and introduce new activities to keep the event fresh. This year was no exception with Zorber Football provoking hilarity among the children trying it, Climbing Walls and even a Bath Race where a team had to run around an obstacle course with one member in the bath. 

Although it rained in the morning, by the afternoon the sun had come out however, it was too windy for one activity. Chris Drew added: “Unfortunately we had air speed of 26 knots which meant that for the second year running we were unable to operate the Tethered Balloon Rides (courtesy of C J Hole) - we will keep trying.

“For the first time we had fireworks which was a risk as we were uncertain whether the crowds were stay until darkness hit us at 8pm. We were delighted with the response and the fireworks were a really good finale with the crowd giving us a warm applause at the end.”  

The PITP committee would like to thank the 100 plus volunteers, the live bands and entertainers who made Party in the Park 2016 such a success. They are very much a community based sports club and rely on the support of volunteers from within the sports club (YMCA Cricket, Golden Hill Girls and Ladies Cricket and Golden Hill Sonics) and also the community.

All funds from Party in the Park go to the registered Charity Golden Hill Sports which is the organisation which runs and owns the sport field for the benefit of the community. 

Fellow organiser, Suze Scott said: “Party in the Park’s purpose is to repay the ground purchase loan - and we are nearly there! The loan should be cleared in August 2017. 

'All future events funds will then help to start build funds for the next project - the renovation and development of the pavilion.”