Breaking News: Peasholm Centenary Celebrations Cancelled

Peasholm Park flooding putting weekend events in jeopardy.Picture Richard Ponter 122563
Peasholm Park flooding putting weekend events in jeopardy.Picture Richard Ponter 122563

Tomorrow’s Peasholm Park Centenary Party has been cancelled as heavy rain floods Peasholm Lake.

In the last hour organisers of the event have made the decision to cancel tomorrow’s celebrations in light of an “atrocious forecast”.

Not only has Peaholm Lake flooded, but the marquee, erected to hosted part of the event, broke after bearing the brunt of heavy rain and gusty winds.

Tonight’s Shadows in the Park concert is still going ahead but has been relocated from the Park to the Grand Hall at the Spa. The show, hosted by Peasholm Park Friends, will start as scheduled at 7.30pm.

Months of work had gone in to preparing tomorrow’s festivities, which were set to feature a full programme including performances from The Staxton Singers, Scandinavian marching bands, the Mugenkyo Taiko Dojo drumming group, Chinese Lion Dancers, martial arts displays and storytelling, a willow weaver, circus skills and arts and crafts stalls.

Helen Percival, one of the event co-ordinators, said: “It is very disappointing but I think it is the right decision to make.

“The forecast for tomorrow is atrocious with more rain due, and we have got to think about the people coming to the event.

“The marquee we set up is broken and the lake is flooded, everything is really wet and we just can’t see it clearing.

“We hope to be able to put the event on again a bit later on in the year.”

Also bitterly disappointed at having to call off the event is chairman of the Peasholm Park Friends Group Linda Harper, who on a site vist to the flooded lake had to jump in a pedalo and rescue one of the naval warfare boats which was floating out of the park.

Mrs Harper said: “It is such a shame; the park will only be 100 years old once.

“It was an event to raise money for the whole community, and involved an event in the autumn and a Christmas Carol Concert. Everything that we would have raised would have gone towards the park.”