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8) What events happened in our park?

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What events happened in our park?

1) Background information

Where space allowed, parks were often the venue for events – large and small. Many were for fun, some had a more serious purpose, whilst others were literally for show.

These included galas, fetes, jamborees, fairs, circuses, concerts, pageants, flower and vegetable shows, competitions and exhibitions. Union or workers’ rallies often began or ended there. All events, though, needed to be approved by the parks committee in one of their regular meetings.

Parks were also used for commemorative events. War memorials were placed in parks, around which anniversary services were held. Parks also hosted events to commemorate national events such as coronation or jubilee parties.

Some events were held at specific times of the year. For example, at Easter or Whitsuntide, when new clothes were shown off, or May Day celebrations.

Displays, such as firework displays or Christmas illuminations, would often be staged in parks.

Firework displays

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Image: © South Shields Local Studies Library

Christmas lights

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Image: © South Shields Local Studies Library

Pageants

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Sometimes they commemorated past events or anniversaries.

Image: © South Shields Local Studies Library


Parades

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Parks were frequently the venue for parades.

Image: © South Shields Local Studies Library

 

Flower shows

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Image: © Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies

Exhibitions

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Exhibitions were held in parks that had large open spaces.

Image: © Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies

 


Circuses

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Image: © Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies

Garden party

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Parks were used as the venue for private civic events. 

Image: © Tyne and Wear Archives Service

Newspaper articles

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Many events were reported in newspapers. 

Image: © Wolverhampton Archives & Local Studies

 

People’s reminiscences of their local park are being increasingly collected – on paper or as sound recordings. Contact the ‘Friends of the park’, your local museum, archives or park manager to see what might be available. Various ‘interest’ groups have created their own websites. The recordings in interviews with people describe people’s memories of events in South Marine Park, South Shields and may be help to show children the type of events that were held in your park and can be listened to and downloaded from here.