Crowds flock to festival of fun

Arts & Education
IT was fun all the way at Tameside Libraries Fun Palaces day which lived up to its publicity as a fun-packed festival of arts, culture and science provided by the community for the community.
Nearly 2,400 people attended on Saturday when the whole central library, art gallery, local studies centre, next-door Armoury and their car parks were given over to the free event which lived up to the pre-event publicity in every way.
Afterwards many people took to social media to say what a good day it had been. One Facebook posting said “Absolutely fantastic event. My three-year-old little boy loved it as did we. Well done to all involved.”
Tameside’s Fun Palace was one of 283 across the world and 10 in Greater Manchester. A wide range of free activities included meeting crime author Kate Ellis, a climbing wall, archery, musical instruments, magnetic slime, pinhole cameras, bricklaying, henna and a spectacular workshop where rockets were being fired 200ft into the air.
The event was a partnership led by Tameside Libraries and Cultural Services in conjunction with the Tameside Armed Services Community and funded by GAMON and New Charter Housing.
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, who attended the event said: “Thank you to everyone who helped to make Fun Palaces such an outstanding success. It shows what Tameside can achieve when the community works together.”
Event manager Gary Howard from Complete Forensics added his thanks, saying: “Without the community delivering activities for the betterment of Tameside this event could not have taken place.”
Tameside Libraries and Cultural Services want the help of the borough’s communities in organising a bigger and better event for October 7, 2017. Anyone interested in getting involved should e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. placing Fun Palaces in the subject lin