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Picnic and play at the park

Alexandra Park is the place to be on Saturday September 1, when The Summer Day @ The Park will once again be celebrated! Apparently, writes Zelly Restorick, more than 4,000 people turned up last year. The park is, however, large and accommodating and there’ll be plenty of room for everyone. All ages and varieties welcome, and – music to recession hit ears – entry and most of the games and attractions are FREE!

The family [and friends, old and new] fun day kicks off at 11am with the Pipes and Drums at the bandstand, piping in a special guest to open the day’s programme. For your amusement and entertainment, there’ll be a jam and baking competition to which you can bring your home made offerings, laughter with children’s entertainer Bob Butler, street dance, music, a fun fair and a variety of games and races for active participation and audience encouragement such as a Human Gymkhana.

Day at the ParkThe hilarious street theatre group Buggy Me, will be performing on the ‘Village Green’ around noon, with their unique interpretation of cinematic and musical highlights and, with larger wheels, Harold The Trolley Bus, who first appeared on the roads in 1928, will be on site for examination and exploration.

You can choose to have your face painted or, alternatively, you can hurl a wet sponge at the face of a politician. Three local counsellors have bravely – or possibly insanely – volunteered their faces for sponging. Peter Chowney [LAB], Robert Cooke [CON] and Nick Perry [LIB DEM] are the candidates you can choose from and all your 50p’s will be going to charity. So, when you invest £10.00 and request the large bucket and heavy duty sponge, you can say you did it in the spirit of raising funds for a good cause!

After exhausting yourself with the sponge throwing, you can refresh yourself with a little something from the BBQ or Mrs Muggin’s Vintage Tea Room, perhaps a Sussex Sausage or a snack from Eat @ The Park or The Old Town Deli. Or BYOB [Bring Your Own Blanket] and a picnic – and enjoy the entertainment from a laid-back, horizontal position.

The bandstand will be busy with a constant stream of musicians and entertainers including The Broadcasters, Vic Payne, Occasional Stu, Benbo and Sand Rabbit.

Local artists will be on site selling their wares and a number of special guests will be mingling and meandering around the site. Their identities are currently a mystery, but advice on the Day @ The Park’s Facebook site suggests you ‘RUN!’ if you see them!

Regardless of what Mother Nature offers on the weather front, hurricanes aside, a good day can definitely be had by all. Enjoy!

Details of the Summer Day @ The Park programme and the Jam and Baking Competition can be found on Facebook.

Posted 11:27 Monday, Aug 20, 2012 In: Hastings Life

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