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Party in the park at The Mesnes Event!
Thursday 15th August, 2013

Party in the park at The Mesnes Event!
Mesnes Park

JOIN an exciting celebration to mark the completion of the £6.1m restoration of Mesnes Park.

People are invited to come along to The Mesnes Event on Sunday 29 September from 12 noon-4pm to enjoy a fun-packed programme including live music, lots of fun outdoor activities including sports taster sessions and Victorian games, and attractions such as birds of prey and history walks.

The entertainment will reach a breathtaking climax at 1.45pm when a parade will make its way from the main gates up to the bandstand for an official ceremony, as the UK’s premier military parachute display team, the RAF Falcons, descends on the park.

Stuart Murray, Chief Executive at WLCT, said: “The restoration of Mesnes Park has been a magnificent achievement which has returned this Victorian park to its former glory, reinstating iconic features from its past for a whole new generation to enjoy. The Mesnes Event is going to be a great day out. Entry is free and there will be something for everyone to enjoy, so come along and join in the celebrations!”

The restoration project was made possible thanks to investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund, Wigan Council and leisure and culture provider WLCT.

It has seen many features reinstated in the park including the iconic Coalbrookdale Fountain, the monument of Sir Francis Sharpe Powell monument and the shelter building. The pavilion has been revamped and now houses a café, while the playshack has been converted into a flexible activities space. There has also been significant work to repair footpaths and provide new signs, bins and benches.

Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “This has been a significant project and I know many people have worked hard to see it come to fruition, from staff at WLCT and Wigan Council to the Friends of Mesnes Park group. I hope that everyone turns out for The Mesnes Event to help us celebrate this amazing achievement.”

The RAF Falcons are joining the celebration on the day in memory of Billy Higham, a lifelong champion of Mesnes Park who died in 2008 and has bequeathed £2m to WLCT to support military band performances in the park.

For more information about the restoration and The Mesnes Event, please contact 01942 486 900 or parks@wlct.org

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