New playground is a dream come true as community gathers for celebratory party
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The launch of a community playground was a dream come true for the parish council who spent two years restoring it.
A celebration party was held at Kirby Cane and Ellingham playground on August 20, marking the official opening of the new facility in Mill Road.
The project was started by Kirby Cane and Ellingham Parish Council in November 2015, and step-by-step the committee has been adding extra pieces of equipment to the area, including climbing frames, accessible swings and a zip wire.
Almost £60,000 was raised for the project, with local businesses, charitable funds and members of the public all contributing to the cause.
Julie Pickering, chairman of the council's playground committee, said: 'It started as a dream which has now come true.
'The parish council would like to thank everybody who attended, for your donations on the day and for your continued support for the project.
'This really is a park for the community not just a village playground and we are delighted to see so many new visitors. This will hopefully be the first of many events to be held here in the future.'
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The party included visits from Ben Walker from WREN, which sponsored the project, as well as Dave Busby from Help an East Coast Child Charity, which also provided funds.
It also included live music, stalls and plenty of food and drink.
The celebration was tied in with the unveiling of a new hand-carved village sign, which hopes to be placed near the entrance to the playing field, along with the launch of new skate ramps which were completed as the final phase of the work.
Mrs Pickering said all of the equipment included on the children's wish list has now been installed, with the council planning to add a roundabout at a later date as well as renovating the existing swings.
The council would like to pay special thanks to WREN, Beach Radio – Help an East Coast Child Charity, Adnams Brewery, Geoffrey Watling Fund, South Norfolk Neighbourhood Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Asda Community Award, Central England Co-operative, the Norfolk Community Foundation, Kirby Cane Charity and Ellingham United Charities for their donations towards the project.