Despite a freak storm that washed out our Family Fun Day part way through the afternoon, a great day was had by all. Below are a selection of pictures from before the downpour showing the various attractions on offer. Friends of St George's Park are grateful to all who made the day possible, especially the mostly unsung heroes and entirely dedicated volunteers who picked litter ahead of and during the event. This 5th annual St George's Day in the park is an exclusively community led intiative organised and delivered solely by volunteers for the Friends of St George's Park. The park was of course given to the people of Kidderminster by the donor carpet families in 1927 in their hope that the "spirit of St George of England should animate its users in years to come."
In 2014 that spirit of St George was witnessed once again by the orderly end of the event that went without incident in the aftermath of unpredicted sudden and very severe weather, with monsoon like rain, strong winds and lightning which came entirely out of the blue. The donors would have been well pleased that their investment paid off on this celebration of St George 87 years later. We would like to thank Paul White for First Aid Services he kindly provided free of charge, the Kidderminster Lions for their help errecting gazebos and littler picking, St George's Church for their generosity and flexiblity in providing refreshments, the Scouts for their catering skills, the Teme and Severn Valley Scout and Guide Band for their music skills, Falconry 4U for their popular free display of birds of prey and all the stall holders whose presence added to the bustle and the atmosphere of the event. Thanks also to the County Library Service for their Twitter feedback saying that the library bus had...
"A successful day @FoSGPark 10 new members,153 people visited the mobile library, 13 storytimes and 33 #worldbooknight books have new homes!"
It is unfortunate that rain stopped play when it did, otherwise the numbers would have undoubtedly been even more impressive, but a lot of people of all ages and all backgrounds had a great time outdoors, at the Horsefair's premier annual community event and that makes the whole thing worth the work put in to make it happen. Many thanks to Antonio the icecream man for his kind donation toward the cost of the event.