Mascot Mayhem for Sparks in the Park

Mascots at Sparks in the Park 2011 with Ringo the Horsham district Olympic mascot (centre) by Toby Phillips
Mascots at Sparks in the Park 2011 with Ringo the Horsham district Olympic mascot (centre) by Toby Phillips

MASCOT mayhem returns to Horsham as part of this year’s Sparks in the Park event, organised by Horsham District Council and other local partners, in Horsham Park on Sunday 15 July.

The event will take place in Horsham Park on Sunday 15 July from 12noon to 5pm, subject to good weather.

Mascots at Horsham's 2011 Sparks in the Park by Toby Phillips

Mascots at Horsham's 2011 Sparks in the Park by Toby Phillips

If the event is called off due to bad weather, the council will endeavour to let people know as soon as possible though local media channels and the council’s website and Facebook and Twitter (@horshamdc) pages.

The Children’s Trust is again working with the Council and other local partners and they will be joined by many mascot friends for a fun filled torch relay race in their very own arena.

Racing in groups of three, a very special ‘Team Horsham’ will be made up of Horsham Time Well Spent’s Ringo mascot, Horsham Football Club’s Howie the Hornet and their very special guest Pudsey Bear, visiting to promote his own Rotary Children in Need mascot pals party to take place in the Carfax on Sunday 4 November 2012.

The Children’s Trust mascots, The Mischief of Tadworth the Hound and lovable Barnie the Bear, will also be there on the day.

Among over twenty expected mascots at Sparks, Hayden the Womble from Wimbledon FC will be hot on the heels of any litter louts reinforcing the town’s anti littering drive as he brings back memories for many adults of a certain age.

Either side of the mascot races, which will start around 2.30pm, weather conditions permitting, the Children’s Trust will be running space hopper time trials for boys and girls aged five to eight to compete to be the fastest on the day.

Entrants will have the chance to win a jar of jelly beans donated by local sweetshop Mr Simms and bowling vouchers from Crawley’s Hollywood Bowl.

Also, adjacent to the arena will be an inflatable bowling alley and a number of entertaining activities for children.

The two winning mascot teams will be presented with gold and silver torches on the Sparks Community Stage by C Beebies favourite and star of this year’s Capitol Panto, Jane Deane, who plays Dee Livery in Justin’s House.

The winning mascot teams will then return to the mascot arena for a meet and greet and plenty of photo opportunities for children and parents alike.

Jonathan Chowen, HDC cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure, said: “I hope residents and visitors alike take the chance to get involved in some of the activities planned for Sparks in the Park this year, which no doubt will be one of the highlights in this year’s events calendar.

“From the mascot races to the sports zone, there really is something for everyone.”

Sparks in the Park 2012 is organised and managed by Horsham District Council in partnership with many local organisations.

For further details on what is happening at Sparks in the Park on Sunday 15 July, visit the Sparks in the Park website

Or email the events team at Horsham District Council on events@horsham.gov.uk or telephone 01403 215279.