“...Sutton might be proud that there is no other village in Yorkshire or in the rest of England, with a recreation ground so adopted to its needs.”

Sir John Horsfall

Sutton Park Centenary

Centenary is celebrated in fine style

By Keighley News reporter

Villagers celebrated the centenary of Sutton Park in style on Saturday.

“We held a traditional affair to celebrate 100 years of the park,” said organiser Denise Emmott.

“The day went very well and we’ve received some good feedback about it. The weather was in our favour and it was very well attended.”

Brian Middleton, who was Sutton’s park keeper for more than 30 years, and Sutton Gala Queen Megan Lee officially opened the day’s celebrations.

Events included maypole dancing by local schoolchildren, performances by Yorkshire Volunteers Band and singer Nikki Barrett, a “Through the Decades” fashion show by the Girls Brigade and sports day races for adults and children.

Mrs Emmott said Sutton Park was opened to the public on July 20, 1912, after mill owners John Hartley and James Bairstow donated land to the parish council on behalf of the village.