Park enjoys late birthday celebration

Peasholm Park centenary afternoon''Picture by Neil Silk  123433a'26/08/12
Peasholm Park centenary afternoon''Picture by Neil Silk 123433a'26/08/12

Hundreds of well-wishers have turned out to mark the belated hundredth birthday of one of Scarborough’s “jewels”.

Peasholm Park was filled with party goers on Sunday afternoon, as residents packed into the park to help celebrate its centenary.

The event had originally been planned for June. However, flash flooding left organisers with no choice but to axe the event - despite years of planning and months of preparation.

The heavy rainfall left the pond flooded, and a marquee, set up for the event, was damaged in high winds.

Linda Harper is the chairman of the Friends of Peasholm Park.

At the time of the cancellation, she said she was “devastated” when the event was axed, adding: “We had literally spent months and months planning it, and we had so many activities we had to cancel, but it was just one of those decisions we just couldn’t change or do anything about.”

However, every cloud has a silver lining, and Linda said the re-scheduled event has been worth it in the end.

“It’s just a wonderful day. It’s just so nice to see families and people of all ages coming together just to enjoy the park.”

Community stalls were up at the event, with entertainment ranging from Chinese lion dancing to morris dancers.

Linda’s daughter had even helped by baking cakes for the celebration, and she added: “I’m so impressed how everybody has just pulled together to make it such a wonderful day. It’s great, really great.”

Among the guests on hand to celebrate the event were town crier Alan Booth and the Mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, who believes the park is “one of Scarborough’s little jewels”.

She also praised the volunteers who look after the park throughout the year, adding: “The park is absolutely stunning, and the Friends of Peasholm Park do an absolutely fantastic job.

“I know they were so sad when it was cancelled, but today has more than made up for it.

“It’s a beautiful day, and what a fantastic way to celebrate 100 years.”

The park was opened in 1912, and has hosted a wide array of events throughout its history.

Previously, it was used as a site for allotments, before engineer Harry Smith came up with the idea of creating a park with Japanese themed gardens.

His granddaughter Duna Pashby was at the park on Sunday for the celebration, and she said: “He would have definitely been proud and so am I.

“He has left a wonderful legacy.”