Play day in Valence Park is a success

PUBLISHED: 14:48 03 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:58 03 August 2018

Lustun and Rares Bodnariuc playing some drums. Picture: Ken Mears

Lustun and Rares Bodnariuc playing some drums. Picture: Ken Mears


People across Barking and Dagenham enjoyed the play day in Valence Park – none more so than council leader, Darren Rodwell.

Ruby Dias, 11, takes to the sky. Picture: Ken MearsRuby Dias, 11, takes to the sky. Picture: Ken Mears

Last Wednesday, councillor Rodwell hopscotched, bounced, and dived headfirst into the activites, all in the name of play.

The day was part of national Playday, a campaign to recognise the importance of playing for children.

Lacey Pearce showing off her putting skills. Picture: Ken MearsLacey Pearce showing off her putting skills. Picture: Ken Mears

Dagenham’s play day saw inflatables, arts and crafts stalls and face painting on offer. Previous years have seen as many as 2,000 turn up to watch Punch and Judy shows, take part in drumming workshops and try out climbing walls.

Charity Playday, which runs the initiative, has been hosting days since 1987, with 850 celebrated last year. Events range from street parties and festivals, to beach activites and woodland adventures.

Tea cups at the play day in Valence Park. Picture: Ken MearsTea cups at the play day in Valence Park. Picture: Ken Mears

Barking and Dagenham Council has created 22 ‘play spaces’ using £235 investment from Play England, which is using donations to provide local areas with innovative playgrounds.

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