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Rain stops play at charity party

ORGANISERS of the NSPCC's Party in the Park were left disappointed after the rain stopped them reaching their cash target.

But despite the bad weather, the event at Wilton Park, Beaconsfield, on Saturday, is likely to have raised £10,000 for charity.

Peter Cullimore, the chairman of the organisers, said: "Our target, had the weather been fine, was to raise £20,000 but we can say that because of the weather it has been halved.

"Unfortunately you cannot count on the vagaries of the British weather. And Henman completing his match at Wimbledon."

Many people still made the journey to Wilton Park, the home of the Defence School of Languages, to watch human table football, It's A Knockout, dodgems and to try to score against Wycombe Wanderers football club.

It was the first time Wilton Park had been open to the public for more than 20 years.

Mr Cullimore said: "We have had a steady stream of people coming through all morning.

"As we had the use of Wilton Park we thought that it was important that we had a number of other charities involved as well.

"We have tried to involve other local groups. We have the Friends of Beaconsfield here, and four of the theatre groups in Beaconsfield are in the theatre.

"There are a few people around but we could do with a lot more."

Alex Dunlop, the vice-chairman of Beaconsfield Round Table, said: "It is a great site here.

"We were asked if we could run the beer tent and we are always happy to do things like this. It is just a shame the weather could not have been better."

"It is the first time this event has been held.

"News of events like this spreads by word of mouth. Next year will be better and hopefully it won't rain."

Helen Regan, from Berkshire, said: "We came just to look around really and the children have been on the dodgems but it is just a shame about the rain."

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