New Ferry is to host a one day ‘Party in the Park’ to celebrate the 70th year of Her Majesty the Queen’s reign from 10.30am on Thursday 2 June.
Several performers will be singing a variety of favourite songs from the 1940s/50s/60s next to a World War II Spitfire aircraft which is making a welcome return to the park following last summer’s successful New Ferry Festival.
There will also be a funfair, inflatable assault course and stalls selling a range of sweets, cakes, gifts and crafts. Traditional donkey rides will also be available, as will some vintage buses from the Wirral Transport Museum.
But perhaps the greatest noise will come from several animated dinosaurs which will delight children of all ages.
Spiderman and other Marvel characters will also be in attendance to keep any villains at bay for the day. The event is being funded by both the Community Foundation for Merseyside and Arts Council England, and has been organised by the New Ferry Community Land Trust.
The Arts Council funding will be providing a Community Art Project led by artists from Hazelhurst Studios who will be asking visitors to the event to assist in the design of future murals to be added to New Ferry’s collection of existing murals on commercial properties.
The Party in the Park is inviting all the community to come to the park to enjoy themselves and even to have a picnic in the park (with teddy bears also invited!). All the shops, cafes and pubs in New Ferry are getting in on the action and are open to serve food and drink to visitors to New Ferry for the day, whilst there will also be a hog roast in the park.
No alcohol will be served in the park, but it will be available in nearby pubs and off-licences.
Chair of the New Ferry Community Land Trust, Margaret Kegg said, “New Ferry Community Land Trust was set up by local residents and business people to make a difference in New Ferry. Our aim is to attract people to see what New Ferry as a community has to offer – its beautiful park and its friendly shops.
“This event, to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee, is a perfect excuse to throw a party in style to celebrate the occasion, and also to give the people of New Ferry something special to remember. We are very grateful to the organisations which have provided the funding to make this possible.”
The event will be formally opened by Wirral’s new mayor, Jeff Green, and will go on until sometime just after 4.30pm. The organisers are asking visitors to come to the event either on foot, or to use public transport where possible.
There are several bus routes passing through New Ferry, and Bebington Station is just a healthy 15 minutes walk away. Those coming by car are asked to park in either Woodhead Street Car Park, or Grove Street Car Park.