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Double launch for summer fun!

Two of Bridgend County Borough’s most exciting summer activities kicked off on Saturday with a double launch event at Newbridge Fields in Bridgend.

Around 400 people went along to celebrate the start of the Summer Reading Challenge at local libraries and to sample some of the FREE family-friendly activities that are coming to local parks and green spaces thanks to the ParkLives initiative.

As the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is ‘Mischief Makers’, the day featured plenty of high jinks such as Councillor David White volunteering his services to set an unofficial world record for the number of foam pies thrown at a local councillor in one minute!

Popular poet Mike Church was also on hand to entertain, provide circus skills and work with children on a Mischief Makers themed poem which will be on display at Bridgend Library throughout the summer.

The fun day, organised by Bridgend County Borough Council and Awen Cultural Trust, also included an inflatable slide, storytelling and crafts, music, street dance, hula hooping, zorb football, tug of war, tai chi and more!

Richard Hughes, Chief Executive of Awen Cultural Trust, said:
“It is fantastic that the launch event has inspired so many children to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge already! The challenge is a fantastic way of encouraging families to interact with their local library, and develop a passion for reading, especially in the school summer holidays. What a good sport Councillor White is for braving the foam pies in the spirit of the Mischief Makers theme this year!”

The full ‘School’s Out’ programme of summer activities will be available at www.bridgend.gov.uk/schoolsout from this Friday 20 July.

Ends – for more information, contact Communications Officer Bob Phillips on 01656 643663. Email: bob.phillips@bridgend.gov.uk Website: www.bridgend.gov.uk