Picnic in Rock Park defies the rain

Joseph Bulmer

RAIN fell on Barnstaple Lions Club’s charity picnic in Rock Park on Monday. It diluted the hoped for big crowds, but it could not dampen the spirits as hundreds still turned out to enjoy the music, stalls and sideshows and to continue undaunted with their picnics, under canvas and under trees.

Barnstaple Lions’ president Graham Kingsbury said: “We were disappointed with the weather. We had expected big crowds, but the weather conspired against us. Nevertheless, the feedback from the people there was that they had a great time and appreciated the effort put in. Some were there from the beginning and stayed right through. The amount raised is going to be below our expectations, but I am sure there will still be a sizeable amount for our chosen charity the Children’s Hospice South West in its 20th anniversary year. And lots of smaller charities will also have benefited from their own stalls. We also hope the day will help get people to enjoy and appreciate the park and to use it as it is intended, for families to enjoy themselves.

“We are indebted to all the entertainers who gave their services free, to Steve Clarke for the roadshow stage and to all our sponsors on the day.”

The Barnstaple Lions Club event was one of 10 flagship locations to host a family picnic as part of National Family Week.