Smiles all round as playground opens

Official opening of Leverington Playground with County Cllr Steve Tierney at the front of the boat
Official opening of Leverington Playground with County Cllr Steve Tierney at the front of the boat

AFTER many years of planning, countless meetings, consultations with the village and dozens of fundraising events, the Leverington Playground Group finally opened the new village play area on Sunday.

Although the weather was a bit disappointing, many villagers turned out.

A competition was held with the local children to name the play area train and ship. The winners were Amelia Layde, who chose The Victoria for the ship, and Cayden Layde, who chose Beep Beep for the train. They helped Cllr Steve Tierney cut the ribbon.

The theme for the afternoon was ‘Under the Sea’ with many children dressing as pirates and taking part in the treasure hunt.

Sarah Davey, of the LPG, said: “Although the equipment has been here for a few weeks already, it was felt that because of Steve Tierney’s hard work and constant support for our group during the last two years, he was the natural choice for officially opening the play area.

“Lots of thanks go to the Leverington Sports and Social Club who kindly donated the land, Fenland District councillors Alan Melton and Jan French who helped us obtain the majority of the funding and the Parish Council who supported the play area. We also need to thank Simply Interiors, Premier Foods, Charles David Photography and many more local businesses who donated towards our fun days.

“And finally a massive thank you to all the parents and children who have supported our group and helped with the fundraising. We couldn’t have done this without their help.”