On a hot sunny day, undeterred by an impending hugely significant football match, visitors flocked in their hundreds to the annual Courtlands Family Fun Day at Goodwood Recreation Ground on July 7.
Opening at midday, the event was supported by more than 20 stall holders from across the region either selling their wares or providing information and advice on local issues.
In addition there were a number of activities and rides for the children to enjoy.
With Star Wars as the theme for the event, visitors were greeted by a real life Darth Vader with resident Jeff Collette donning the infamous costume and local children acting out the role of his ‘storm troopers’.
In the arena, musical entertainment was provided by Zero City Band who wowed the crowd with some classic rock numbers.
Spectators were encouraged to sing along to some popular tunes with two local ladies better known as Midnite Duo.
More than 130 performers from children and adult groups including Celtic Hearts Irish Dancers and Trinity Performing Arts provided some fabulous dance theatre.
Events in the arena were rounded off by talented youngsters from the Music Gym who gave the crowd a great finale.
In its 11th year, the Courtland’s Family Fun Day is organised by the Courtlands Residents Association and is recognised as one of the best fun days of its kind in Watford.
Their aim is to provide a day full of fun for all the family and raise money to support other events in the area.
On this particular day there is no doubt that they achieved both.
Trish Froy, secretary of the Courtlands Residents Association said ‘this was an amazing event and we’re very grateful to all those who took part and all those who attended particularly given how hot it was on the day and the distractions of the England game. We’re delighted that we raised over £1100 which will be used to support other projects for our local residents’.
Dan Holden, Vice Chair of the Courtlands Association said ‘this event demonstrates just how valuable residents associations can be in their local community. This has been a big team effort and I’m grateful for the contributions of all of those involved’.