Bicclescombe Park marks a centenary as Ilfracombeâ€™s quiet haven
AN Ilfracombe park celebrated 100 years of tranquillity and beauty at a special â€œbirthday partyâ€ on Thursday.
Bicclescombe Park looked magnificent despite the rain when park manager Mike Jones joined Rotarians and park users to mark the occasion with a special Green Flag raising ceremony.
The flag â€“ Keep Britain Tidyâ€™s badge of honour for the countryâ€™s best green spaces â€“ was the first ever awarded in North Devon and has now been proudly flown at the North Devon Council-owned park for the last eight years.
The councilâ€™s executive Member for Culture, Councillor Derrick Spear said: â€œItâ€™s fantastic that the park has been giving people so much pleasure for so long.
â€œI have many happy memories of playing at the park as a child, as Iâ€™m sure so many other people do. The park is being managed so well and has such active community support that Iâ€™m sure it will be going strong for many more years to come.â€
Formally opened in January 1911, the park is considered this to be one of the hidden gems in Ilfracombeâ€™s crown. It boasts seven tennis courts, a childrenâ€™s play area, restored corn mill, tea rooms and model boating lake.
Thursdayâ€™s birthday celebrations featured arts and crafts, tennis taster sessions, model boating, croquet demonstrations and fund-raising activities.
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