The Friends of Pannett Park marked their latest Pannett Day event in the park with the presentation and raising of the park’s sixth Green Flag.
This was also attended by two representatives of Keep Britain Tidy (KBT) - Ron Whatlingand Lindsey Atherton.
Pannett Day is a Love Parks event and this was recognised by KBT with a certificate and plaques for the Friends and the park gardeners.
Despite the dreadful weather of the two previous days, a show of sunshine encouraged a good turnout of locals and holiday makers who enjoyed the stalls selling books, plants and drinks and the popular games.
These include Splat the Rat, Hoop-la, Tin Can Alley and Lolly Pick with parents often being as involved as their offspring.
A favourite is the treasure hunt - with people looking for Spitfire aircraft hanging in bushes and trees, marking the Battle of Britain anniversary.
Craft activities were provided by Gwen Tidy who had youngsters personalising Devil’s toenail fossils, Whitby in Bloom who decorated plant pots, Yorkshire Coast Homes crafts and Pannett Art Gallery staff, all encouraging people to extend a copy of one of the gallery paintings into 3D with the addition of paper cabbages.
Whitby Naturalists offered a quiz and walks round the park and had microscopes on hand for the easier identification of small ‘beasties’.
The NYCC Rotters, now a regular feature of the Friends’ events, were offering advice on reducing waste, recycling and composting while Beacon Farm seemed to have a constantly long queue wanting to buy their delicious ice creams.
Thanks go to the Co-op Supermarket, Victoria Farm, The House of Flowers,Silver
Street fish and chip shop and Sorrell Hinchliffe, who all donated prizes for the raffle.
The Friends thank all who attended, including Whitby Town Mayor Heather Coughlan who joined in the festivities, for making it such a lovely day and providing the Friends with much-needed funds to continue with improving the park.