100 years of park

2/8/2011'Family Fun Day at Randall's park, Hemel Hempstead'Mayor arrives 100 years ago.
2/8/2011'Family Fun Day at Randall's park, Hemel Hempstead'Mayor arrives 100 years ago.

MAYOR Gillian Chapman recreated a moment in the borough’s history by arriving at a family fun day aboard a horse-drawn carriage.

The stunt was part of celebrations to mark 100 years since Hemel Hempstead’s Randalls Park was given to the community.

2/8/2011'Family Fun Day at Randall's park, Hemel Hempstead.'Mayor Gilliam Chapman arrives.

2/8/2011'Family Fun Day at Randall's park, Hemel Hempstead.'Mayor Gilliam Chapman arrives.

Willam Randall donated six and a half acres of his land on August 2, 1911, so that it could be used as a park.

The inset picture shows him arriving at the official opening.

To mark the centenary anniversary Dacorum Borough Council put on a family fun day on Tuesday.

Around 2,000 turned out to enjoy the fun on offer, which included a bouncy castle, inflatable football pitch, face painting and arts and crafts.

Dacorum Borough Council spokesman Katie Warner said: “There was a really good turn out. Lots of families took picnics along and there was a really nice family atmosphere.”

> For more pictures from the day pick up a copy of next Wednesday’s Gazette.