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Youngsters head out for fun-filled day

By Western Gazette - Crewkerne  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

  • ALL SMILES: Hundreds of children from Castle Cary attended Saturday's annual play day, which proved a spectacular success. Picture by Laura Jones. WGLJ20120915E-005_C.JPG

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MORE than 100 children in Castle Cary revelled in the great outdoors as they enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities.

The energetic youngsters joined together to mark the fifth annual Cary PlayDay event in association with The Hive, the after school club of Castle Cary Primary School.

The children enjoyed a host of exciting activities throughout the day, including sumo wrestling, handling Bugfest's most exotic animals and sitting down for a grand picnic in the woods.

Deb Holmes, one of the event's organisers, said: "The entire day was incredibly successful.

"We had the play day in the morning, a puppet show in the afternoon and then live music on the evening.

"The most important thing for us was that it was completely free. It was a day where all families could come and enjoy.

"This is the first time we've run the event all day, and it took a lot of preparation. However, to see the smiles on the faces of the children and adults made it all worthwhile.

"It is brilliant when the whole community buys into the spirit of the event, and that's why Castle Cary and Ansford is such a rewarding place to live and work.

"We will look to build on this success in years to come."

The event received generous donations from a number of local organisations, including Castle Cary Town Council, Ansford Parish Council and Yarlington Housing Group.

Among those offering exciting activities at the event were volunteers from Carymoor Environmental Centre.

Rupert Farthing, development manager of Carymoor Environmental Trust, said: "The event was really well supported and we saw hundreds of families during the morning.

"We ran a range of different environmentally-themed activities, including painting a huge cardboard millipede and making newspaper plant pots.

"The weather was ideal and also enabled the children to play with a range of solar-powered toys and circuits we had brought along."

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