Sun shines on Music in the Park festival

Penarth Times: BANDS: Hundreds of people attended the Music in the Park festival at Belle Vue Park BANDS: Hundreds of people attended the Music in the Park festival at Belle Vue Park

HUNDREDS of people descended on Belle Vue Park for the Music in the Park festival last weekend.

Friends of Belle Vue Park, who organised the event as part of the Penarth Summer Festival, said the event went “brilliantly” and thanked everyone for attending.

A record crowd of more than 1,000 are thought to have attended throughout the day on Sunday, with all the money raised set to be reinvested into the park.

The weather was described as “spectacular” as Penarthians made the most of the annual event.

Seven local bands performed throughout the day from 2pm until 6pm, with Britain’s Got Talent star Jodi Bird one of the star performers.

After featuring in last week’s Penarth Times for vandalism of the public toilet, Belle Vue Park was also targeted by anti-social behaviour the day before the music festival.

Mark the park warden was clearing the gutters of the bowling green when several bottles were thrown over from the grassy area.

One of the bottles hit him on the back of head and knocked him to the floor. He was not knocked out unconscious but was seriously dazed and “was seeing stars”.

When he had recovered himself he went looking and found a group of teenage boys and when he threatened to call the police they became aggressive and challenged him.

David Wilton, part of Friends of Belle Vue Park, said: “We were horrified to hear about the injury that occurred to Mark. The stupidity of these teenagers could have resulted in a tragic outcome. We urge users of the park to be vigilant and to call 101 to report any anti-social behaviour. Belle Vue is a beautiful park we are proud of and people of all ages should use the park in harmony.”

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