Thousands flock to park and soak up the sunshine at Hednesford Festival

Thousands of people flocked to a park to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the entertainment at Hednesford Festival.

Amelie Cox, aged three, of Heath Hayes, keeps cool with an ice-cream
Amelie Cox, aged three, of Heath Hayes, keeps cool with an ice-cream

The annual summer festival held at Hednesford Park was full of attractions and activities on Saturday.

It featured a fun fair, market stalls, charity stalls, a food zone, children's entertainment and vehicles on show in the transport area.

Hednesford Festival at Hednesford Park

There was also a visit from the Star Wars characters from North Staffs Stormtrooper Garrison, who were raising funds for charity, and a Feel-Good Zone presented by Everyone Health.

However, the heatwave led to organisers cancelling the dog show as a precaution and the scheduled fly past by a RAF Hurricane PZ865 also could not go ahead.

Tia Boddie, of Tipton

Shaun Middleton, chairman of Hednesford in Partnership, which organises the event, said more than 4,000 people attended throughout the day.

He said: "Even with the temperatures it was fantastic. Everyone had a fabulous day.

Displaying his Meteor Custom, John Thomas, of Pelsall

"Unfortunately the fly past was cancelled because during the morning test flight it was overheating so it didn't come over.

"We had to change some things around. We had to cancel the dog show and put on some kids arena games instead, but everything else went as planned.

Cars on display at Hednesford Festival
Martyn Thomas raises money for The Poppy Appeal

"The transport show was very popular and we had a zone run by Everyone Health who were doing health checks. "Lots of money was raised for local good causes which is what our festival is about.

Putting on a display GKR Karate members (left-right) Liz Mcaulay, John Mcaulay, both of Rugeley, and Dan Rock, of Uttoxeter

"We are over the moon with how it went and are so grateful to the local volunteers who helped us on the day."

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