VIDEO: Hundreds attend new Fun in the Sun event in Diss
It's called a Mere, some even call it a lake, but on Saturday, it was most definitely the sea - as people in Diss proved that life, or at least a park, really can be a beach.
Fun in the Sun was arranged by Park Radio and Diss Rotary Club.
Intended to fill the gap left by Diss Fest, Gig in the Park and this year, the organ street festival, it was a free day and evening featuring a big sand pit and a raft of children’s activities, including peep board, stocks and sponges, giant Jenga and Connect 4 and a bouncy castle, as well as a barrel organ.
There was also be live music, food and drink stalls selling ice cream, fish and chips, burgers and, just like the real seaside, candy floss.
The circus also sent some clowns and jugglers to help keep the children amused.
Radio station mascot Parky Bear had his own stall, and a first aid tent provided members of the public with a chance to try resuscitating adult and child manikins. There was also be a demonstration of how to use a defibrillator.
Local businesses backed the event with a chance to win two first class return tickets to London with Greater Anglia as well many other prizes.
Live music shows featured Back Street, a Norfolk-based classic rock band and Swervy World, an Ipswich-based jazz band. Singer-songwriter Anna Carter will perform her own upbeat pop songs.
David Whatley of the Parish Fields Friends Group also gave an impassioned speech urging people to sign a petition to stop bunglaows being built on the town centre meadow land.
All profits from the event will be donated equally to two national and two local charities – Pancreatic Cancer Research, The Samaritans, the Diss Dove Dementia Café and Genesis Housing.
Radio station manager Chris Moyse said the day was intended to fill in some of the gaps left by other events not happening.
“Loads of residents came and had some fun in the sun,” he said.
Diss Rotary president Phil Catchpole – just at the start of his year in office – said the day showed Rotary at its community-minded best.
“Rotary can be seen as stuffy and starchy, but we can have fun while helping others,” he said.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary should telephone membership chairman Judith Ward on 01379 642839, he added.
Fun in the Sun was held on Saturday, July 20, between 3pm to 9.30pm.
Temperatures soared to a mighty 21 degrees celsius.
Plenty more pictures in this Friday's Diss Express (July 26 edition)
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