|Thousands turn out for park’s restoration celebration!
A flag was unfurled at the bandstand to mark the official reopening at the park
THOUSANDS of people turned out to celebrate the official opening of the restored Mesnes Park on Sunday.
Talented Wigan DJ, TV presenter and author Stuart Maconie joined the celebrations and unfurled a flag at the bandstand to mark the occasion.
The Mesnes Event marked the completion of the £6.1m project which has transformed the park back to its former Victorian glory.
Visitors enjoyed a variety of activities on the day from history walks to archery. Children flocked to get their photographs taken with a replica Spitfire and crowds watched a Griffin engine in action. Entertainment also included a programme of live music played at the bandstand and a parade through the park.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of leisure and culture provider WLCT which has organised the event, said: “This was a fantastic event and I’d like to thank everyone who made it happen and the thousands of people who came along on the day to join in the celebrations.
“I am delighted that we were able to spearhead the restoration programme so that the Wigan community can continue to enjoy Mesnes Park – a real jewel in the borough’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.”