Rain can’t stop play as beach opens to public

The weather could have been kinder for its launch, but Leighton’s temporary beach is now up and running on Parson’s Close Recreation Ground.

Launched on Saturday morning amid heavy downpours, the weather had picked up by the afternoon and Sunday and yesterday saw some good spells of sunshine and warmer weather.

The new beach is up and running

The new beach is up and running

Town mayor Councillor Ray Berry was one of the first to set foot on the sand by officially cutting the ribbon at 11am on Saturday.

To support the opening, free activities including Punch and Judy shows, face painting, an inflatable pirate slide together with a games tent were provided by the town council.

During the day, MK Dons joined the fun with their team mascot who enjoyed some singing in the rain.

For the music buffs, the TACTIC Centre hosted a talent contest for 12-19 year olds which provided an opportunity for young adults to demonstrate their abilities.

Ray Berry relaxes

Ray Berry relaxes

The beach will operate until September 7 and during this time town council staff will be on site to manage the beach which is open 10am-5pm throughout the week.

Exclusive hire will be available Monday to Friday 10am-12noon. Contact the town council for more information on 01525 631920.

A council spokesman said: “It is anticipated that the new attraction will provide economic benefits to the town as well as offering an attraction to compliment the already established Splash & Play area. Other activities have been planned on the beach including a Pirates Day on August 9.

“We would welcome any feedback on these activities and welcome you to join our Facebook page Leighton Linslade Town Council Official and if you are on Twitter please follow us @LLTCNews.”

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