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Fairy Dell Park is a place to sing about

Oct 11 2010 By Fiona Henderson

A PARK which has undergone a £38,000 makeover celebrated its transformation with a family-friendly festival.


The Fairy Dell Festival 2010 was on Sunday 10th October between 12pm and 4pm.

An afternoon of fun  in Fairy Dell Park.

Fairy Dell Park, Gunnergate Lane, Coulby Newham/Marton.


Fairy Dell Park, near Gunnergate Lane, Marton, hosted yesterday’s event to celebrate its recent improvements. The park was transformed after the Friends of Fairy Dell, a voluntary group which helps maintain the park, secured a £38,000 grant from the Community Spaces programme. Among the activities on offer at the festival was a dog agility obstacle course, where owners and their four-legged friends were put through their paces. Denise Morton, took her dog Shey around the course. She said: “Shey’s quite a nervous dog but he had a good time on the course.” There was also a magician, face painting and stalls at the event, as well as singing from Hemlington Hall School Choir.

Proud mum Karen Cowen, whose 10-year-old daughter Ellie Botwright was singing in the choir, said: “I’ve been down here before but I’ve never known there to be a festival here. It’s a really nice family day out and the park is lovely.” The money was used to improve footpaths, plant more flowers and add extra seating to the park. Dave Elliott, chairman of the Friends of Fairy Dell, said: “The festival is a celebration and culmination of the hard work that was put in getting the grant and enhancing the park. “It’s also about helping the general public know what we’re doing so that the wider community will come and see the dell.”