Visiting families say last farewell to Butterfly and Wildlife Park

Last flights at Long Sutton for the Butterfly and Wildlife Park's birds of prey on Sunday. Photo:  SG020912-151TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Last flights at Long Sutton for the Butterfly and Wildlife Park's birds of prey on Sunday. Photo: SG020912-151TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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FAMILIES packed in to say a last goodbye to the district’s top attraction – Long Sutton Butterfly and Wildlife Park – on its final weekend after 25 years.

Big crowds turned out to enjoy the butterflies and bird flights as well as a barbecue, bouncy castle , face-painting and excerpts from Shakespeare performed by Shooting Stars Theatre.

Directors Michael Cross and Peter Smeaton announced last October that the park would close due to rising costs and a halving of visitor numbers since the recession.

Yesterday the Park’s wildlife collection was being dispersed and the seven remaining staff were getting ready to leave.

Manager Abigail Jackson said: “All the animals have been found good new homes.”