Sun shines on May Day Festival as community comes together for event
Organisers of an annual May Day Festival have hailed this year’s event as the best one yet.
A constant stream of families attended the Heigham Park May Day Festival today, as blistering sun shone down on the event.
The annual event, which has been welcoming visitors for more than 30 years, saw families arrive in their hundreds and bask in the afternoon’s entertainment.
There were donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and dance performances for all to enjoy, as well as a rich variety of food and stalls on offer.
Now in its 32nd year, the event is a collaborative effort of St Peter’s Park Lane Methodist Church, Jessopp Road United Reformed Church, St Thomas’ Church, Earlham Road and St Anne’s Church, Colman Road.
It was founded in 1986 by the Reverend Peter Lemmon of St Peter’s, with the goal of hosting an inexpensive family fun day for the community.
Tom Culley, who along with wife Margaret Culley has helped organise the event from the very beginning, said it was probably the best one yet.
He said: “The event was on a much smaller scale in the beginning but it has just kept getting bigger and bigger over the years.
“The whole objective of May Day is for families and communities to have a good time and I believe this is what we have given them.”
The afternoon saw hundreds enjoy the event’s many activities, digging in to the different foods on offer – from traditional barbecued burgers and hotdogs to Caribbean dishes such as curried goat.
Mr Culley added: “I would like to think we had between 1,500 and 2,000 people come along, it was busy all day.
“Weather wise, it has definitely been the best we have ever had and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.”
Fellow organiser Margaret Dann added: “It really has gone quite well. We even had to get extra tables brought in because so many more people came than we were expecting.
“A special thank you should go to Reverend Matthew Olanrewaju, who was such a big help in organising the event.”
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