Fun day to be ‘better than ever before’

Brookhill Leys Infant School hold a scarecrow competition as they have been invited to take part in the Greasley gathering. Pictured is Jayden Perry 4, Niamh Winfield 5, Charlotte Mason 4 and Ashton Dudley 4.
Brookhill Leys Infant School hold a scarecrow competition as they have been invited to take part in the Greasley gathering. Pictured is Jayden Perry 4, Niamh Winfield 5, Charlotte Mason 4 and Ashton Dudley 4.

A popular family fun day is returning to Greasley this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Greasley Gathering will take place on Monday with all the usual attractions plus more, and organisers say it is going to be ‘bigger and better then ever’.

Greasley Gathering have been given a funding boost

Greasley Gathering have been given a funding boost

There will be stalls, face painting, a kids magician and a dog display all at the hub of the event – the Greasley Sports Centre, and all six pubs in the parish wil be putting on entertainment including live bands, bouncy castles and fun fair rides.

As well as this, there will be the popular red London bus tours of the parish, a scarecrow festival across the whole local area, entertainment at Beauvale Priory and a craft fair held at Greasley Church.

The activities will take place from 10am and there wil be a shuttle bus put on by the Forresters Arms in Newthorpe to take people from from the pub up to the sports centre in Dovecote Road.

Organiser Rita Pickering said: “There will be lots of things to see and do in the area. We try and make it bigger and better every year, and a bit different as well.”

This year is the fourth year the committee has organised the event, which was first held to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

It was so successful, it became an annual event.

Last year’s fun day attracted over 1,500 people and Rita expects even more this year.

“It just seems to get more and more popular each year.

“People say it’s nice to have something local where they can walk from place to place and see everything.

“And it’s the only form of entertainment provided for people around that particular area.”

The committee – made up of both members of the public and Greasley parish councillors – get council grants for the event, which costs £3,000.

There will be no public parking at the sports hall.