Rain fails to stop play at Museum in the Park

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Rain fails to stop play at Museum in the Park

Torrential downpours and stormy skies did not stop nearly 900 people from visiting Stratford Park, Stroud on Sunday 24th June to take part in an Edwardian-style Midsummer Garden Party. The Museum in the Park event was opened by Cllr John Hudson and was a great success, umbrellas and all.

Visitors were greeted by elegant Edwardian ladies and gents, the former attired in exquisite long dresses and elaborate hats, the latter in fashionable summer suits and jaunty boaters. Many guests looked the part too, picnic hampers and champagne bottles in hand, although umbrellas proved more useful than parasols to begin with.

In the spirit of the great garden parties of the Edwardian era, a variety of entertainments were on offer throughout the day. Guests enjoyed watching tennis matches, browsing the cake stall and plant stall, trying their luck at the raffle, taking part in popular games of the era and meeting special guest Mr Pedersen, inventor of the world-famous Dursley Pedersen cycle, who enthused about the pleasures of cycling in 1907.

The sky cleared in the afternoon in time for visitors to flock to the bandstand to sip tea and listen to fashionable tunes of the day played by Tewkesbury Town Band.

The event was a great success’, said Ann Taylor from the Museum. Thanks to all our supporters and everyone who took part despite the rainy start to the day! The garden party was inspired by a photograph of Stroud Choral Society taken in July 1907, when the Society performed an open-air concert in Stratford Park, and posed for the photo in their Edwardian finery. We re-created the photo at the end of the day and Stroud Choral Society performed a short piece of music to mark the occasion.

Posted : 02/07/2007 21:46:08

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