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Monday, 21 April 2014

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Evening Mail Family Fun Day

BARROW Park burst into life as the fair came to town for the Evening Mail Family Fun Day, supported by Barrow Borough Council.

The fields bustled as yesterday’s crowd enjoyed a host of attractions and families soaked up the sun into the early evening.

Visitors were spoilt for choice with waltzers, a bucking bronco and the Hard Rock white-knuckle ride for the more daring revellers.

While others admired the summer Barrow skyline while riding the ferris wheel and those without a head for heights enjoyed the Disney tea cups and a variety of mini carousels.

The two It’s a Knockout competitions were top of the bill as 17 teams took on all manner of wacky challenges, from racing in clown costumes, to tackling a slippery, bubble-drenched inflatable course in a race to assemble a picture jigsaw.

The Evening Mail team won the day in the first competition, with Yates’ Wine Lodge second and Barrow Cars third.

The Fire Station team won the second competition.

Lisa Higginson, skipper of the Mail team, put the victory down to good tactics. She said: “We won two events and came second once and saved our joker until the last event. It’s a card you can play for the event you think you are going to win and we used it for the last event.”

In another of the day’s highlights, youngsters proved Barrow’s Got Talent with a variety show filled with an assortment of acts.

Molly Collins, of Barrow, won the five to 11-year-old category with her rendition of Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver!.

Megan Doherty, of Barrow, was runner-up for her version of Taylor Swift’s Love Story.

Naomi Rose Douglas was named Most Entertaining act of the five to 11s for her upbeat performance of her own song.

Barrow’s answer to George Samson, Ope Oduwole, won the 12 to 15-year-old category for his impeccably choreographed street dancing.

Lucy Moses, of Swarthmoor, and her last-minute on-stage partner Max O’Hara, came second for their performance of I’m Yours, a song they wrote themselves.

Colin France, of Odyssey Karaoke, who has helped at the fun day for several years, said: “They were all excellent. I don’t know how they chose the winners because they were all winners. It just looks like they’ve got no nerves. They are my future customers!”

Yesterday was the seventeenth Evening Mail fun day. Proceeds are to be split between the NSPCC and Kidsafe UK, a charity dedicated to helping children in Furness learn to protect themselves.

This year’s family fun day has been the most successful so far, raising a staggering £6,000 for Kidsafe UK & NSPCC.

We would like to thank our teams, sponsors, volunteers and readers who turned out in their thousands to support us.

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