Party time in the park at Rushden

Thousands of people flocked to Rushden Hall Park to enjoy the sunshine and the town’s biggest party.

Organised by the town council, the event on Saturday (July 13) showcased Rushden’s charity and community groups.

Youngsters have fun at the Party in the Park at Rushden

Youngsters have fun at the Party in the Park at Rushden

As the temperature soared, families enjoyed picnics and a host of arena events, as well as stalls, a fun fair, live music and attractions.

After the disappointment of last year when the event had to be cancelled because of bad weather, the 14th party was a huge success.

Adrian House, chairman of the events working party, said: “It’s a great free event to showcase everything that Rushden has to offer. We’ve been planning it for months and it was fantastic to have such a brilliant day when people enjoyed the great weather and all the attractions.”

During the day, entertainment was provided in the walled garden by the choir from South End School, Rushden, the Barnes Duo, the band Them’s the Breaks and the Shelmerik Academy of Dance.

The evening programme included a Michael Jackson tribute act and local blues band Split Whiskers.

In the arena the crowds were entertained by Blackrock Racing Llamas, Portsmouth Area Volunteer Cadet Corps’ field gun display and a rescue operation staged by Rushden firefighters.

There were also wrestling bouts, Lennie the Land Train offering rides for youngsters and a hog roast.

Charities and groups at the event included Rushden Transport Museum, Rotaract, the mental health charity Mind and the breast cancer charity Crazy Hats.

Vendors selling ice cream and cold drinks did a roaring trade as visitors to the park tried to keep cool.

Simon Peacock, a volunteer with the events working party, said: “It was a brilliant day with a great community atmosphere. The party is funded by the council for the people of Rushden and it’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for our charities.”