Party in the Park
*** Party in the Park theme announcement ***
Prepare for a Peace celebration!
Saturday 7 July, Woking Park, 12noon to 9pm
On November 11 2018, it will be exactly 100 years since the guns fell silent on the battlefields of France, and World War One finally came to an end. This year also sees the Centenary of the monumental victory won by women as their tireless campaign for equal voting rights was won. In Woking especially, the contribution by local suffragette, Dame Ethel Smyth, was instrumental in achieving the vote. You can read more about her, and Surrey in the Great War, here.
After the Armistice in 1918, The Woking News and Mail described how Woking “gave full and enthusiastic expression to the joy it felt over the conclusion of peace” by throwing an enormous party across the town with parades, sports, games, music and tea.
The celebrations were to give thanks for peace, and to honour the sacrifices made by service men and women who gave their lives to achieve it. Active women’s rights group the Co-operative Women’s Guild marched proudly with their banner next to many other community groups through the Town Centre and along Wych Hill Road into Woking Park.
An entire century on, and we still know how to throw a party that would make our ancestors proud! Everyone is invited to the free family celebration of equality, diversity and unity at this year’s vintage Party in the Park.
Keep your eyes peeled for more details of the fun you can expect and save the date - Saturday 7 July 2018!
If you are a trader or stallholder and you wish to apply for a stall, applications will be open from the end of January 2018.
Whilst you wait (we know it's hard to be patient!) take a few moments to look back over the highlight of last year with this fab video and see if you can spot yourself in the gallery!