1996-98

Friends of the Dell - The first years.

1996
Pearl Braddock founds Friends of the Dell and raises money to fund play equipment for young children.

Pearl and the Mayor, Cllr. Chris Davis, at a fund raising event in the Dell with the "Men in Brown Hats" band.

Children lining up for a sponsored walk around the Dell.



 1997
A grand opening of the new playground was held the following year.

Some well known VIPs pose for a photo on the new roundabout.

The old rocket still in place.

Pearl and the Mayor pose with children on the rocket for the Courier photographer.

Two young ladies making good use of one of the new little rockers.

Some of the "Men in Brown Hats" serenading the occasion.


1998

The first Dell Party.

Cllr. George Darmody, Chair of Warwick District Council, Cllr. Balvinder Gill, Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa with Pearl, Mrs Gill, Mrs Darmody and the girls who presented the bouquets to the ladies. But is this at the Dell party?

Here's the  mystery. The same VIPs but dressed differently from the picture above. This one is definitely the Party as you can see a corner of the bouncy castle in the picture below.
 
Cllr. Bill Gifford appears to have photobombed the Mayor's picture!

Bill Gifford with unidentified mother and daughter.







It was a warm sunny day. We were lucky!

That baby must be old enough to vote by now.

The new roundabout was clearly popular ......

.. as was the bouncy castle.

Even the police and their dog were invited.

Our Treasurer, Lynn Andrew, with the Mayor.

Winners of the children's painting competition with their entries and certificates.

And a younger winner.

The painting competition was judged by Anne Greeensmith, Deputy Head of Kingsley School.

Can anyone identify the boys with their grandmother (?) ?

This picture enlarged to show the other large climbing frame in the mid distance.

Note the special 50th Anniversary banner across the road. But who are the children with their parent?

More Brown Hats!
Mary Thornton and Margaret Watkins guarding the raffle prizes.

Sue Elworthy blowing up balloons.



Two other events.

To mark the retirement of Mr and Mrs Chamberlain from their green-grocery business we presented them with a framed copy of the picture of the first party (see our home page) in which they can be seen on the right hand side. Post 1998 obviously, but when?

The "Teddy Bears Picnic", a musical event for young people in 2000..

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