Enjoyment at The Stray

THE weather didn’t dampen people’s spirits as crowds of people made their way to the opening of the new play area in Lightcliffe.

The play area at The Stray was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Christine Beal, and competition winner Carrera Hackett before groups of children rushed towards the new equipment.

The new area is thanks to the Friends of The Stray who have been working hard to make it a success.

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

“Once it had been opened the children all just ran towards it which made it all seem worthwhile. Ever since then it has been busy with children playing.”

She said the area was better than the group had expected. “I managed to speak to some of the children on the day and ask which was their favourite and each child said something different.

“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 from the grand opening they had also raised £187 from the raffle and received a £100 donation from a local family.

Organisers 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 and Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Nurseries for doing face painting, tombola and bake sale.

Brighouse fire also proved to be a favourite attraction.

Rachael said she would also like to thank local councillors and Calderdale Council for their help and members of the committee.

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.”