For the second year running, the Friends of Pannett Park marked the opening of their annual Pannett Day event with the announcement that the park had been awarded a Green Flag – its seventh.
The park is among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces given the prestigious award – the mark of a quality park or green space.
Bob Bennett, Chairman of the Friends said: “The Friends of Pannett Park are absolutely delighted to receive a seventh Green Flag.
“This result is all down to the excellent partnership working with Scarborough Borough Council Park Staff, support from the Trustees, Whitby Town Council, local businesses and individuals.”
Good weather encouraged a mix of locals and holidaymakers to attend the now firmly established selection of attractions which make up the Pannett Day celebrations.
The usual plant and book stalls did a brisk trade with bargains including freshly-picked herbs from two of the Friends’ own gardens. Yorkshire Building Society loaned four of their staff to support the Friends with their array of games, which included Horrid Hoopla, Splat the Rat and Tin-Can Alley, The U3A Recorder Ensemble gave two performances of a selection of music perfect for a summer day in the park. Activities were also provided by the Whitby Naturalists, who led two walks round the park looking specifically at some of the older trees and at wildlife in the lily pool.
They also had a quiz for anyone wanting to test their knowledge of nature and microscopes set up for closer investigation of some of the finds. A regular feature of the Friends’ park events is a performance by the Paul Nicholas School of Acting students.
This year they put on a new play entitled ‘Who goes Bear?’ which was performed twice, entrancing the audience. The Whitby in Bloom poster competition prizes were presented to; Daisy Gordan, 6; Sophie Wantling, 7; Lexie James, 9.
Whitby Town Mayor, Noreen Wilson, drew the first raffle prize-winning number.