Crowd-pulling event has made thousands for park

Hotham Park Country Fair. Bognor Regis. Picture : Liz Pearce. 030814. LP030814-countryFair-01  - 39. SUS-140308-201954008
Hotham Park Country Fair. Bognor Regis. Picture : Liz Pearce. 030814. LP030814-countryFair-01 - 39. SUS-140308-201954008
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A COMMUNITY event which saw thousands flood into a Bognor Regis Park has raised more than £6,000.

The final figure raised at the Hotham Park County Fair has been revealed as an impressive £6,400 by the Hotham Park Heritage Trust.

Rosemary Warren, chairman of the trust, said: “Thanks must go to all the stalwart members and volunteers who gave their time and energy to ensure the public had an enjoyable weekend.”

Special thanks also went to Hazel Latus and family for providing and overseeing the live entertainment on the bandstand and Bob May for his work as their tireless compere throughout the weekend.

The country fair is the trust’s biggest fundraiser and the latest occasion, which took place in August, was the 13th of its kind.

Speaking at the time, Mrs Warren said it was ‘probably one of the best country fairs we have ever had’.

It featured everything from animals and craft stalls to children’s entertainments and tasty treats. Local groups and organisations also had a presence at the event.

The money will now be spent on improving amenities in the Upper Bognor Road park. Projects already in hand from funds previously raised are an £8,000 contribution toward the restoration of the ornamental pond and a reserve, currently £6,000, toward replacement of playground equipment when required.

A future project is to provide seating to the Mary Macfie Pavilion and the trust has just spent £6,027 on the provision of five new park benches, four in the bandstand area and one at the children’s playground.

To date, the trust has provided just in excess of £70,000 toward better amenities in the park.

The trust’s next event will be its annual carol concert and Christmas fair, which is planned for the first weekend in December.

Details of these events will be found on the trust website at the start of November visit www.hothamparkheritagetrust.co.uk for more.

Formed in 1999, the trust, which is always on the lookout for volunteers, aims to safeguard and improve the park and is constantly raising funds to do so.