Over a thousand east Manchester residents enjoyed an afternoon at the ‘seaside’ in glorious sunshine at Openshaw Park, as the second of the east Manchester Party in the Parks got in to full swing.
The event, 'Beacons by the Beach', organised by east Manchester New Deal for Communities and Manchester Leisure, had a beach theme with donkey rides, deck chairs, a Punch and Judy show, a fun fair, jazz band and even special Beacons sticks of rock.
Also people were invited to sign up for text alerts and e-mails on NDC activities such as consultations and events, and everyone that signed up was given a goodie bag or a donkey ride.
Sean McGonigle, east Manchester's NDC Co-ordinator said: "This is the 7th year we have held the Party in the Parks and they are now a firmly established part of the east Manchester summer calendar. It's a real opportunity for the local community to come together and enjoy some good old fashioned fun and it gives us the chance to talk to residents about the changes happening in the area. We were very lucky with the weather on Sunday but we find that the events are so popular we get a good turn-out even when it's not so good. With two more parties still to go, let's hope the weather stays fine and we have as much fun as we did on Sunday."
Various agencies, such as age concern and stop smoking service were also on hand to offer information and guidance on clubs and societies. For more information visit http://www.eastmanchesterndc.com/.
Roz Hughes, tel: 0161 223 1155