Word had obviously spread about the last successful housing event Gasway supported because council officers were greeted with a queue of excited children when they threw open the doors to our Olympic summer funday.
Catton Grove Community Centre was filled with local children and their parents on Thursday 16 August, with about 200 local residents stopping by throughout the day to enjoy free entertainment and try their luck in the big prize draws. Our face-painting station proved popular, as did the fun, old-fashioned Punch and Judy show.
Along with another of the council’s contractors (Foster Property Maintenance), Gasway got in on the action by providing a host of activities, including splat the rat and beat the buzzer, awarding prizes such as a gas BBQ and moshi monsters.
In keeping with the nation’s Olympic spirit, the games and competitions also provided chances for children to win their own ‘gold’ medals, and pose for photos with an official Olympic Torch, thanks to guest appearances from two local Torchbearers who took part in the Olympic Torch Relay.
Daniel Browne, chairman of the Catton Grove Residents’ Association, who carried the Olympic flame as part of the Torch Relay, said: “It’s been absolutely packed and families have been taking part in the activities on offer. We’ve been really lucky with the weather and the children have been amazing. They have enjoyed all the events and have been having their photo taken with me and the torch.”
GasSafe representatives, the Fire Service, and members of the Catton Grove Residents’ Association also attended to chat with residents.
Rachael Warnes, the council’s business improvement team leader and one of the event’s organisers, said: “The day couldn’t have gone better and it was brilliant to see the kids enjoying themselves in the sunshine.”