Friends’ gather for Pannett Day

John Barber's Jazz Band performed on Pannett Day
John Barber's Jazz Band performed on Pannett Day

Friends of Pannett Park hosted Pannett Day, a new event in honour of Alderman Pannett who left the park as a gift to the people of Whitby.

The day was organised to recognise and honour the man who gave the park to the town, so organisers decided to host the event as a lasting legacy to Mr Pannett.

Peter Hughes, one of the museum staff, dressed as Alderman Pannett.

Peter Hughes, one of the museum staff, dressed as Alderman Pannett.

The Friends group decided on a garden party theme, and activities were suitably genteel.

John Barber’s Jazz Band provided a lively background, which got many feet tapping while the museum cafe was selling take away afternoon teas.

The event was opened by Whitby Town Mayor, John Freeman and there was a host of activities for children including hunting for butterflies, tree drawing, dinosaur spaghetti and fern print making with the Children’s Centre.

As dedication back to Alderman Pannett’s time, games of hoop-la and bunny targets were available to play.

Mulling over the stalls in Pannett Park

Mulling over the stalls in Pannett Park

The Christian Fellowship was also present with animal balloon making and other activities.

Adult visitors were also catered for with various attractions including a popular second hand book stall, a herb and plant stall, and a photography workshop offered by the Whitby Photographic Society.

Conducted tours of the park were on offer, and the Paul Nicholas School of Acting and Performing Arts under the guidance of Katrina Stead produced an enjoyable entertainment.

Museum staff member, Peter Hughes, dressed elegantly to portray Alderman Pannett and wandered around answering questions from a quiz sheet.

In a quiet corner of the park Gail Hurst and Jane Little acted as artists in residence with advice and demonstrations.

In the art gallery Christiane Kroebel was available, on behalf of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, to record people’s memories.

A member of the Friends of Pannett Park said that during the afternoon many comments were made about how lovely the park is looking since its re-vamp, which was achieved with an award from the Heritage and Big Lottery Funding.

For further information about the Pannett Park visit their website www.pannettpark.co.uk