Celebrations begin to mark 50 years of playwork in Stevenage

04 Aug 2016

Stevenage Borough Council has kicked off celebrations to mark 50 years of providing free play services in the town and is on the hunt for some of the play centres’ stars of the past.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor John Lloyd CC, visited play centres across Stevenage yesterday as part of Play Day, a national campaign promoting ‘a child’s right to play’. While he was at the play centres, the Mayor told children and their families about 50 years of play and how they can get involved in the celebrations over the next year.

Since the Play service began in 1966, the hearts and imaginations of generations of Stevenage children have been captured by centres and holiday schemes at the likes of Bandley Hill, St Nicholas, and Pin Green – not to mention the Play Bus, the Mad Hatter's tea party and the annual Christmas party. As the year-long celebrations begin, the council’s Play team has dusted off some of their favourite photos from the past and would like anyone who recognises a familiar face to get in touch.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor John Lloyd CC, said: “If you spot yourself, or someone you know, in any of the pictures then please get in contact with us as we would like to get you involved in the celebrations to mark 50 years of playwork.

“We would also like to hear from people if they remember the Mad Hatter's tea party, took a ride on the Play Bus, raced a raft at the lakes or attended one of the play centres so we can share their memories with the children of today. With more than 61,000 children attending sessions at the play centres last year, it’s clear that play is still a much loved and much used service.”

If you star in one of the photos then please contact us at playsection@stevenage.gov.uk or call into your local play centre and speak to staff. Summer play schemes are running across Stevenage throughout the holidays. For more information, contact the council’s Play Officer on 01438 242246 or visit www.stevenage.gov.uk/play.