Grange Park’s fourth annual “A bit of a do” event, held at the City Learning Centre, was a great example of what a community event should be like.
It was a great success in bringing a lot of the community together as the residents rallied round to make it a very special day.
The weather for once was great, and a bright sunny day was no less than the participants deserved.
The work, time, and commitment and effort put in by the organising committee, the staff of the City Learning Centre, local schoolteachers and sports coaches, not to mention the residents of Grange Park, was plain to see.
The event was opened by the Blackpool Mayor Val Haynes along with her consort Allan Haynes, who did the residents proud.
After opening the event they watched the young children from the local primary schools performing for the first hour.
At noon the stalls opened and they then went to speak to every stallholder at the event, no one was left out.
The stalls ranged from the Blackpool Food Partnership to the British Red Cross, Blackpool Road Safety to the Citizens Advice Bureau.
There was car seat checking, free microchipping for cats and dogs, advice available from trading standards, and representatives from the local charity the Open Door Project.
Stall holders also offered face painting for the little ones, bread making demonstrations, and much more.
Visitors enjoyed browsing the stalls, watching the performances and meeting up with friends and neighbours.
This really was an example of a community at its best with everyone pulling together to make it a success.
It was a happy carefree event, totally free of politics.
Each year it gets bigger and better. We’re already looking forward to the fifth year of the event, which will be held on July 4 2015, it is going to be “A bit of a do”.