On the first Wednesday of August, had you happened to walk along Ashenhurst playground, you could have been forgiven for thinking that you had passed backwards through time. There, in front of you, was a field full of children and adults laughing and playing together, licking ice creams or tucking into picnics. Very few, if indeed any, electronic devices were on show.
Children battled for their team to win at football an then turned their hand (or foot!), to scoring the fastest goal. Children cut and glued, coloured and glittered to produce original pieces of art. Smoothies appeared as if by magic – powered by furious pedalling on a bike. A 15 foot policeman teetered about whilst mini uniformed police officers cast a watchful eye over the whole proceedings from the safe confines of a police car.
Children queued with immense patience in order to hurtle down the waterslide, and return to queue up again and again and again.
We had a tremendous day – celebrating play at its very best. The whole event was run by volunteers, IYSS (Integrated Youth Support Service), and the police, and we are immensely grateful to these people for giving up their time.
Plans are already being made for an even more exciting Play Day net year, so make sure that Wednesday 2nd August 2017 is clearly marked in your diary!