Park party a hit despite disappointing turnout

Members of Flinders Founders and friends having fun at the Party in the Park. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG160912-46MD
Members of Flinders Founders and friends having fun at the Party in the Park. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG160912-46MD
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VISITOR numbers were down by about a half for Flinders Founders’ Party in the Park at Donington on Sunday.

The event should have gone ahead on a Saturday in July but was postponed because the field was waterlogged.

Disappointed organisers were hoping to put a big pot of cash into their £16,000 fund to buy a half-pipe for the village skate park, but it’s likely they will raise around £350 after expenses.

Flinders Founders’ secretary Margaret Wright said Party in the Park normally runs with a capacity 500 crowd, but moving the event from July to September – and from a Saturday to a Sunday – meant they had just 250 visitors.

She said: “We just didn’t have the numbers through the gate.”

The event itself was a big success with live music all day from acts including Lost in Orbit, Remains of The Day, Smoke Screen and Meg McPartlin, a fairground for youngsters, a magician, face-painting and stalls.

Mrs Wright said: “It really was a lovely event, absolutely trouble free.”

She said Party in the Park will move back to its proper date next year.

Flinders Founders organised the Party in the Park in association with Thomas Cowley High School and had help from its site manager Bob Hibbert as well as companies G B Alarms, Select Timber and Magnum Engineering. Mrs Wright said the event could not go ahead with their help.

n Flinders Founders have so far raised around £3,000 for the skate park addition and will go on fundraising.