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Leecliffe Big Local picnic in Aberford Park in Borehamwood
There was merriment despite the grey skies as people enjoyed live music and dancing in the park.
Families from across Borehamwood flocked to Aberford Park for Leecliffe Big Local’s annual picnic.
The group has received a £1million grant from the national lottery to help set up local community groups and create "everlasting" change in the Leeming and Aycliffe Road area.
Donna Inwood, who chairs the non-profit organisation, said: “The picnic today is designed to promote Leecliffe Big Local and our work in the area.
“We have already done consultations to find out what people want and now we are looking to put that into practice.”
Children in face paint and dressed as gangsters, Rastafarians or chickens, wandered round the park or leaped on and off the bouncy castle.
Visitors were treated to performances from local talent including musicians Charlie and Danni McGrath and poet Tony Rice.
Dogs also had the chance to strut their stuff, with prizes for prettiest bitch, handsomest dog, best dressed pooch and pet and owner look-a-like up for grabs.
Organisations such as the Borehamwood and Elstree Twin Town Association and Elstree UTC also had stalls.
Ms Inwood added: “It’s been a really good day. Fingers crossed the weather holds.
“There’s a lot of local talent on show here.
“There have been dance competitions for the children, which has given them the confidence to get on stage and perform.
“I’d like to thank Tesco, Pets at Home and Metro Bank for donating prizes.”
Kelisha Daniel, 12, who was helping her mother Lisa with the fancy dress and face painting, said: “It’s been great to meet new people and I really like the music.”
Emma Ingram, who had brought her children to the park, said: “The kids are really enjoying it.
“I’ve had huge problems prising them off the bouncy castle.
“It’s nice to get out and meet other people in the area.”
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