Friends of Norden throw spook-tacular Halloween party at Jubilee Park

Date published: 30 October 2017

Ghouls, witches, demons and devils were out in force on Saturday night (28 October) as Norden enjoyed its spook-tacular third annual Halloween party.

Hundreds of people turned up to join in with the spooky fun and games, which included ‘whack the bat’ and ‘trick or treat’, with over 200 children and parents dressing to scare at the award-winning Norden Jubilee Park, enjoying music, dancing, and both tricks and treats aplenty.

The Mayor and Mayoress, Ian and Christine Duckworth, were on hand to award prizes to the best dressed children, accompanied by Norden councillors Peter Winkler and Michael Holly, who judged best pumpkin.

Fab Dance Centre, led by Fiona Briddon, gave a fantastic dancing show which began with a Michael Jackson's Thriller flash mob routine, followed by many other Halloween classics, whilst Suzanne Clark from Suzie Cakes was on hand offering a great range of home-made Halloween treats which were enjoyed by many.

Paul Ellison, Chairman of Friends of Norden Jubilee Park, said: "What a great event for Norden, and it was so good to see so many children and parents having spooky Halloween fun. It was an unbelievable turn out and the park was in its element."

“Thanks to all who attended, and all the volunteers who helped out. I would like to thank our sponsors, Fab Dance Centre, Suzie Cakes, Doliz Miah Photography, The Bridge Chippy, Carousel Cards and Party, Maskerade Fancy Dress, RS Landscapes and Gary Clegg Building Services.”

Volunteers – including Duke of Edinburgh students – worked all day to provide the event for the village and decorated the park to a superb standard.

The park was transformed with a spooky graveyard, sound and lighting effects, plus the return of the Norden Witch, who was last seen at Norden carnival.

Greater Manchester Police joined in with the ghoulish festivities with a team of young police cadets, who gave up their time to help out during the event.

The next major event for the village will be the Christmas light switch-on at 6pm on Thursday 30 November.

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