Rain puts a stop to Peasholm’s centenary party as lake bursts

Peasholm Park flooding
Peasholm Park flooding

Years of planning and months of preparation had to be abandoned as heavy rain forced organisers to cancel Peasholm Park’s Centenary Party.

The day before the event, planned for Sunday 24, organisers awoke to find not only had Peasholm Lake flooded in to the park, but the marquee, erected to host part of the event, broke after bearing the brunt of gusty winds.

On-site inspections of the partly submerged and partly soggy ground, and news that more rain was on the way, left organisers with no choice but to call off the event.

Months of work had gone in to preparing the 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.

Speaking shortly after the decision the cancel the party, 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.”

Although the rain did clear at times on Saturday and Sunday morning, showers kept falling and Friday’s heavy downpours reappeared throughout Sunday afternoon and water levels remained high.

The flooding also saw changes to Shadows in the Park concert which was to be held in Peasholm on Saturday night. The event went ahead but was moved from the Park to the Spa’s Grand Hall.