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Families enjoy the Bank Holiday at Lark in the Park

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

  • 2014 Uttoxeter Lark in the Park

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FAMILIES enjoyed a day out in Uttoxeter's largest park as a community group organised one of the biggest and most popular events in the summer calendar.

A falconry display was among the highlights of this year's Lark in the Park, which took place in Bramshall Road Park on Saturday.

All of the entertainment and most of the rides were free to enjoy at the event, which is run by Uttoxeter Lions Club with funding from East Staffordshire Borough Council.

John Fitchett, the president of Uttoxeter Lions Club, said: "It's always been our idea to offer great value for the public money spent at the Lark in the Park, and to provide quality family entertainment."

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The Falconry School, from Gloucester, pride themselves on flying peregrines – officially the world's fastest creature.

These amazing creatures are capable of flying at 200mph in a dive.

The birds were flying in the arena to the amazement of visitors during the afternoon.

Arena entertainment included the Uttoxeter Town Band, the locally based World Fusion Dance troupe and comedy magic act Professor Shell.

The dancers demonstrated their gypsy tribal belly dance, which mixes traditional and modern techniques.

Among the free children's rides were bungee trampolines, roundabouts, donkey rides, a rodeo ride, jousting and a ferris wheel.

Other fairground entertainment, sideshows, hot and cold food – including burger and ice cream vans and charity stalls – were on offer to punters.

A children's disco with audience participation was another of the popular attractions and spot prizes between the main arena events were handed out to lucky winners.

The popular annual duck race was held on the brook at the bottom of the field, for which tickets were sold in advance.

One winner took home £100.

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