Easter bonnets and St George celebrations for Yate

April 02 2021
Easter bonnets and St George celebrations for Yate

THE Friends of Kingsgate Park have announced two celebrations to lift spirits as Yate moves into spring.

The group is running its second annual virtual Easter Bonnet competition this year, with children encouraged to let their imaginations run riot.

Town mayor Karl Tomasin will join the friends to judge the entries, with prizes for the tope three designs and Easter eggs for all entries, if supplies allow.

People can enter via the specially-created Friends of Kingsgate Park – Easter Bonnet Competition 2021 Facebook page, where they can message their photos along with their child’s name, age and contact details.

The closing date is April 5 at 5pm.

Later in the month the friends are teaming up with Yate Heritage Centre for a St George’s Day flag celebration.

People can design their own flag – either a regular cross of St George, or one depicting the saint or the dragon – on A4 paper or old material, such as a pillowcase.

They will then be hung from the trees in the park from April 22 to 25, either side of St George's Day on April 23.

To take part, email a picture of your flag to friendskingsgatepark@gmail.com or message the group's Facebook page.

A series of online activities to mark St George's Day will be organised via www.yateheritage.co.uk.

Visitors to the park will be able to find out more about its trees and wildlife thanks to new information boards which have been installed.

The idea came from discussions with visitors to the Yate Rocks Festival and other park users, who for help in recognising some of the wildfowl and trees.

The boards have been funded by grants from South Gloucestershire Council and profits of selling bird seed to visitors.

A Friends spokesperson said: "Many thanks to those who helped us to provide the information for these boards, the late Harry Lane who provided the history and map of the park, to Paul Hulbert, Tim Fairhead, Sue Bruten and David Hardill of Yate Heritage Centre."

Picture: Skye Dunn made one of last year's winning Easter bonnets