Children enjoy new play area

Families enjoy the opening of the play equipment at The Stray, Lightcliffe
Families enjoy the opening of the play equipment at The Stray, Lightcliffe
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CROWDS made their way to the opening of the new play area at The Stray, Lightcliffe, which was made possible by the efforts of a local group.

It was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Christine Beal, before groups of children rushed towards the new equipment, eager to be the first to try it out.

The Friends of The Stray have been the driving force behind the play area.

Chairwoman Rachael Burdin said it was all made worthwhile when she saw the children’s faces.

“I managed to speak to some of the children on the day and ask which was their favourite and each child said something different,” she said.

“One thing we did realise is that there needs to be something for the older children but we haven’t given up on getting funding for the goals and the basketball hoop.”

Rachael said they had applied for funding from Lightcliffe Masonic Lodge and were waiting for a reply.

But, the opening they had also raised £187 from the raffle and a £100 donation from a local family.

Organisers said they would like to thank Clifton and Lightcliffe Band who played throughout the day; Sainsbury’s who ran the blind football tournament and three legged races; Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Nurseries for the face painting, tombola and bake sale, and Calderdale Council.

She said the group will continue to meet and they will be looking at the drainage of the park and they would be looking at wild life planting and in the longer term they will look at the band stand.

“It is such a lovely area and to see so many people playing is just fantastic.”