|Countdown to The Mesnes Event!
The RAF Falcons will be parachuting over the park
A SPECTACULAR event takes place this Sunday (29 September) to mark the official opening of the restored Mesnes Park.
A host of free activities for all the family will be taking place at the event, from 12 noon-4pm. There will be willow weaving, archery, birds of prey and a history walk, as well as plenty of sports activities and taster sessions. Entertainment also includes a programme of live music played at the bandstand.
At 1.45pm the UK’s premier military parachute display team, the RAF Falcons, will descend over the park before landing across the road at Wigan Cricket Club. A parade will then make its way to the bandstand and the official opening ceremony will be carried out.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of leisure and culture provider WLCT which has organised the event, said: “I’d encourage everyone to come along on the day to see what’s been achieved at the park and to enjoy the fantastic programme of activities and entertainment that we’re putting on to celebrate the restoration.
“Local people hold Mesnes Park close to their hearts and I am very proud to have been part of the project that has restored it to its former Victorian glory, securing it as a real jewel in Wigan’s crown.”
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 play shack 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: “Many people have worked extremely hard to make the restoration happen and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved. From staff at WLCT and the council to the Friends of Mesnes Park, this has been a real team effort to give local people back the park they deserve. I hope everyone enjoys the day’s celebrations.”