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The chance to take part in free wa­ter sports drew peo­ple to Ash­ford’s Con­ning­brook Lakes on Satur­day.

An open day was held at the coun­try park with ca­noe­ing, pad­dle board­ing, row­ing, wa­ter zorb­ing and angling on of­fer. There was also archery, cy­cling, chil­dren’s ath­let­ics, face paint­ing and guided walks.

Si­mon Harris, sports projects man­ager for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions which runs the park, said: “Over­all the day was a roar­ing suc­cess.

“We had around 1,700 peo­ple of all ages at­tend. Over 1,000 peo­ple took part in the ac­tiv­i­ties and for the re­ally pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties there were queues of peo­ple wait­ing to take part, es­pe­cially for the pad­dle board­ing, archery, ca­noe­ing and face paint­ing.

“The feed­back was ex­cel­lent and those peo­ple that had not seen the lakes be­fore were very im­pressed.”

Among the visi­tors was Nathalie Reid-Wil­liams, who said: “My fam­ily and I had a fan­tas­tic day.

“We cy­cled in from Lit­tle Bur­ton and we en­joyed all the bril­liant ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer. We did the wa­ter zorb­ing and my daugh­ter Amelie had her face painted.”

Another visi­tor, mother-of-three Deanna Hartshorne, said: “We had a bril­liant fam­ily Ethan and Ewan ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially zorb­ing and pad­dle

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Pic­ture: Re­becca Hol­l­i­day FM4009536 Pic­ture: Re­becca Hol­l­i­day FM4009543 FM4009531

Jamie Upchurch with his chil­dren Billy and Amy Amelie Reid-Wil­liams has her face painted dur­ing the open day at Con­ning­brook Lakes

Ethan and Ewan Hartshorne try out the wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties at Con­ning­brook

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