THERE were fears that this year’s Lark in the Park might not happen but even the weather was on its side.
It was the first Lark organised by Mildenhall Parish Council in partnership with Forest Heath District Council, which has organised it in the past and feared it would not be able to do it this year.
But things still did not look good for Saturday’s event as late as Friday when the parish team went to Jubilee Field to mark out pitches. Parish clerk Val Shrimpton said: “The water was coming over our shoes but once the sun came out the field drained well.”
She said they would have liked the event to have been bigger but though Forest Heath had booked a few attractions early on, the parish did not get involved until April, by which time many were committed elsewhere.
She added: “I would have liked to have seen more vintage cars but we came in at such a late stage that their exhibiting was planned for the year.”
The biggest crowd was drawn by the Lark Angling Preservation Society’s crayfish fishing stand which is a regular at the event and helps reduce numbers of American signal crayfish in the river. The crayfish erode banks with their tunnels and threaten native crayfish.