Celebration event to mark Gloucester Park open to the public for 150 years
Communities are asked to come together to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of Gloucester Park, Sunday 9th September.
From 2pm to 5:30pm the park will be alive with activities including a tree planting, music, arts, crafts, face painting, bouncy castle, sporting activities and festivities as part of the History Festival finale.
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The commemorative tree planting by the Mayor of Gloucester will be accompanied by a brass band playing on the band stand, as they did when the park was originally opened; although they may not be playing the same tune.
Bandstands nationwide, including the Olympic Park Bandstand, will see musicians of all kinds perform their own unique renditions of Coldplay's Viva La Vida at the same time (2pm) and Gloucester will be one of them.
Paul James, Leader of Gloucester City Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration said: "I hope the tree planted by the Mayor of Gloucester will be here for the next one hundred and fifty years, or more.
"I'm sure in 1862 the Park would have looked a little different. Although I believe some features still remain, including the two wavy footpaths to the east and west of the bowling green. These are remnant of the 19th century serpentine walks where local people would have taken recreational walks and rides.
"The cricket club, bowling club and tennis courts were added in 1863. Along with a fountain which stood in Eastgate Market, which was moved to the Park in 1863. It is still there today, but it is no longer working as a fountain. It is certainly going to be a memorable event"
For more information on the history festival visit can be found at www.gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk