Lilford Park Centenary Celebration (LP100)A large scale community event
A large scale community event to commemorate the centenary of the opening of Lilford Park, Leigh in June 1915. Drama, visual arts and historical research were used to explore the history of the park with local schools, culminating in celebratory performances by professional and community actors and schoolchildren. Heritage interpretation panels were also created by a professional artist featuring artwork created by schoolchildren, along with a heritage guide, guided walk and audio recordings.
Julie McKiernan (researcher & writer)
Martin Green (actor & director)
Martyn Lucas (visual artist)
Steven Fairclough, Stephanie Greer, Will Travis & Greg Patmore
I’ve just got in and couldn’t wait to thank you all for making today the huge success that it has been. Everyone I have spoken to from the Mayor of Wigan down to the causal visitor has complimented us on today’s achievements and commented on the excellent organisation. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your interest, generosity, hard work and enthusiasm.
It was a privilege to be involved. Our staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the range of activities and our drama and dance students were proud to be involved in the presentations for their community celebrations.
The centenary has absolutely skyrocketed interest in the park and generated significant interest from volunteers, funders and local business.