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Giant lobster scuttles into Platt Fields Park

The park's centenary celebrations attracted some unexpected guests last weekend...

Published on May 13th 2010.


Giant lobster scuttles into Platt Fields Park

Giant lobsters, gorillas and temperance era time travellers were some of the more unlikely party-goers at Platt Fields Park's 100th birthday celebration last weekend.

Strolling characters mingled amongst the crowds – a ‘temperance couple’ from 1910 were horrified at the decadent behaviour of today’s park visitors, and gorillas were mobbed every time they emerged from their hiding place in the woods.

The Friends of Platt Fields were behind the push for a big do to mark the park's first century. This space has always had a vocal fan club fighting its corner. It was nicknamed the People's Park when it was opened in 1910 after a campaign led by Rusholme resident William Royle stopped the estate from being sold to builders.

Last weekend Platt Fields was as popular as ever. Despite the unseasonably cold wind, thousands of people turned up to see the unveiling of the resurrected bandstand and entertainment from street theatre artists, poets and musicians.

The bandstand is now in its original place and circled with mature trees. Eager to try it out were the Blackley Brass Band, the Alyss Rose Jazz duoplus various acts playing South African kwela, flamenco, and top-hat and tails good-time music. 1940s 'forces sweetheart' Maria Manchester marked the 65th anniversary of VE Day on Saturday with songs from Vera Lynn and the days of jitterbug. One elderly member of the audience said he had been in Platt Fields on VE Day in 1945.

The street theatre included the emergence of a giant, ominous lobster behind an unsuspecting desert-island castaway. Meanwhile, strolling characters mingled amongst the crowds – a ‘temperance couple’ from 1910 were horrified at the decadent behaviour of today’s park visitors, lollipop ladies marshalled children on spacehoppers, and gorillas were mobbed every time they emerged from their hiding place in the woods.

In the evenings, music from around the world was played in a huge stripy marquee. The celebrations ended with the launch of 10 sky lanterns, one for each decade of Platt Fields.

By Monday, all was gone, except for one donation – a 3D chalk painting on the ground by the festival site, showing fireworks rising from a volcano into the sky. Go and have a look before it gets scuffed up or rained away.

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