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Victorian day to mark Wolverhampton park restoration

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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A VICTORIAN-THEMED extravaganza will be held on Sunday, May 4 to herald the completion of work to restore Wolverhampton's East Park to its former glory.

The popular park is undergoing a £1.5m transformation, bringing back original features that would have been familiar to visitors when it first opened in 1896.

The work, supported by a £981,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, began in early 2012.

East Park's refurbished clock tower and bandstand were unveiled last year, while the remaining work – including repairs to the main entrances, boathouses and lake bed and the park's centrepiece terrace – is due to be finished in the next few weeks.

The free family fun day will feature Victorian swing boats, traditional Maypole and morris dancing, Punch and Judy shows and brass band music.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies will be presenting an exhibition detailing the history of the park, which was officially saved for future generations by a legal covenant last year, and experts who have worked on the restoration will be on hand to talk about their work.

The crowds will even be treated to two plays – Daisy, Daisy, celebrating the history of bicycle manufacturing in the local area, and We All Love a Paddle, in recognition of the RNLI which was prominent at the original opening ceremony in 1896 and will once again be part of the extravaganza.

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