Record numbers flock to celebrate flavours of the world at Wellingborough fun day
Published by kerri smith for Wellingborough Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Children being kept entertained by the attractions at the annual fun day in Wellingborough
Record numbers of families enjoyed a medley of diverse entertainment from reggae music to belly dancing at a fun-packed community day in Wellingborough.
It is estimated that over 1,000 people of all ages – thought to be the largest crowd the annual event has yet attracted– turned out for Wellingborough Homes’ fifth fun day on Saturday (15th September).
The theme of this year’s event was “One World”, with a diverse array of music, dance displays, food and fun activities from around the globe on offer.
The line-up of activities throughout the day included live music from local reggae band Skalanders, a tea dance, and displays of traditional Indian, Afghan and belly dancing.
Younger visitors were entertained by demonstrations of circus skills and balloon making by the “Stilt Man”, plus a host of children’s activities provided by Surestart and the Wellingborough African Caribbean Association.
There was also a face painter, henna hand painting, nail artists, eyebrow threading and dressing up clothes for adults and children alike, plus games such as Splat the Rat and Giant Jenga.
The day was rounded off with an impromptu performance of urban acrobatics by young people from the local area.
Local firms provided a range of different types of food, including a hog roast which was sponsored by Wheldons, dishes from Centrepoint Caribbean Caterers, Indian food from JJ’s Café, cake from Pravasi Mandal and cream teas – sponsored by Wellingborough Homes’ contractor Lovell – served up in Tithe Barn.
A popular highlight of the day was a display of colourful work created by children and adults at various craft activities held around Wellingborough as part of a community art project over the summer.
Visitors also got the chance to pick up information about Wellingborough Homes, its services and partners from a variety of stalls offering advice on subjects ranging from housing to training, community support to money management.
The Mayor of Wellingborough, Councillor Ken Harrington, joined in the fun as guest of honour at the event.
Dave Willis, Chief Executive of Wellingborough Homes, said: “Everyone had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderfully diverse choice of activities on offer, which aimed to reflect the cultural mix of Wellingborough.
“It was a lovely, sunny day and crowds of people flocked to enjoy themselves. Our annual fun day is a great opportunity for us to meet local people, as well as raising awareness of our work and community services.
“Each year our fun day attracts more and more people, so we look forward to an even bigger and better, action-packed event next year.”