Dorset enjoys Easter weekend of two halves

Dorset enjoys Easter weekend of two halves

FUN: The Dolphin Marching Band Funday

ON THE RUN: Runners take part in the Rotary Easter quarter Marathon

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THIS year’s Easter celebrations began in glorious sunshine with hundreds of people taking part in events across the region.

But it was a weekend of two halves, with rain causing some events to be cancelled yesterday.

On Saturday more than 1,200 children took part in the annual Easter Egg trail at Upton Country Park in Poole. A spokesman from Borough of Poole, which operates the park, said visitors had an “eggcellent” time.

The spokesman added: “Children tried their hand at different activities including: tennis, slacklining, bush craft as well as learning about Bat Rescue, the National Trust and the RSPB.

“They explored the whole of the country park, making the most of the beautiful Walled Garden and play trail before collecting their chocolate reward.”

A record number of people took part in the annual duck race at Bournemouth Winter Gardens on Saturday afternoon, which raised more than £500 for the mayor’s chosen charities.

Cllr Anne Rey, who has been organising the event for the past 20 years, said: “It was lovely. We had a lot of visitors and residents come down and we were really lucky with the weather.”

She added: “We had 14 races all together, which is a record for us.”

And there was a record number of entries for this year’s Easter quarter marathon, organised by the Rotary club Bournemouth East Cliff.

Race director Keith Loveless said: “It went very well.

“We had far more people take part in the quarter marathon than we have for quite a few years,”

More than 300 runners completed the route and 35 people took part in the fun run, which is now in its second year.

Mr Loveless said: “We raised between £2,500 and £3,000 from the race entry fees which will be split between three charities - the national charity Prostate Cancer, a local scouting project and Bournemouth Food Bank.”

The Dolphin Marching Band kept the crowds entertained at their fun days in Poole Park, which conclude today.

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7:46am Mon 21 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

Poole Park gets barely a mention? It was a lovely fun packed day for children on both Friday & Saturday. I attended with my grandchildren on both days and they had loads of fun, although I admit I would have liked to see more stalls or rides for them ......
Poole Park gets barely a mention? It was a lovely fun packed day for children on both Friday & Saturday. I attended with my grandchildren on both days and they had loads of fun, although I admit I would have liked to see more stalls or rides for them ...... Morrigan
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8:07am Mon 21 Apr 14

Parkystone says...

Where does the money go from the Poole park fun days? No registered charity?
Where does the money go from the Poole park fun days? No registered charity? Parkystone
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9:32am Mon 21 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

Parkystone wrote:
Where does the money go from the Poole park fun days? No registered charity?
Possibly the Dolphin Marching Band? Or Friends of Poole Park? Good question!
[quote][p][bold]Parkystone[/bold] wrote: Where does the money go from the Poole park fun days? No registered charity?[/p][/quote]Possibly the Dolphin Marching Band? Or Friends of Poole Park? Good question! Morrigan
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11:30am Mon 21 Apr 14

Parkystone says...

I think things like that should be publicised , when it's not registered charity.
I think things like that should be publicised , when it's not registered charity. Parkystone
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