Half-term family fun at annual picnic in the park

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Families flocked to Pontefract Park for a special half-term picnic.

The Picnic in the Park event took place on Friday and featured dozens of attractions and stalls.

It was organised as part of the national Big Lunch initiative, where picnics and lunches are being organised across the country during the first week in June.

Activities on the day included mini-golf, giant Jenga, a bouncy castle and board games.

It also hosted library activities, soft ball, quoits, croquet and petanque.

A number of community organisations took part in the picnic, to speak to visitors and offer advice.

They included representatives from Wakefield District Housing, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

There were also members of the council’s recycling, housing road and cycle safety and health improvement teams present.

And visitors could take advantage of a mobile dog chipping service and speak to representatives from the Friends of Fryston Wood and Castleford Tigers.

The event was organised by the Friends of Pontefract Park, a volunteer group which works to improve the park, in partnership with Wakefield Council.

The Big Lunch initiative was started by the Eden Project organisation to promote friendship.